Lancaster's Plonka battles his way back from injury
He battled his way back for this season and in the early going, showed some of that shooting touch that Lancaster needed from him.”
“It was frustrating being out all year,” he said. “I wanted to get back out there and help my team.”
Plonka averaged nearly 11 points per game in the Redskins’ first six games. He and teammate Sean Murray have helped form a backcourt that’s hard to stop.
“He’s not worried about the injury,” Lancaster coach John Otto said after Plonka scored 13 points in a 58-23 win over Cardinal O’Hara in the ECIC/Monsignor Martin Athletic Association Challenge. “He’s playing basketball now and playing hard.”
Plonka and his teammates are still working hard at bringing the proud program back to its winning ways. Although the 1-4 start might not be what they had in mind, the Redskins have shown marked improvement in the first few weeks and have taken some tough opponents down to the wire. And if a few more shots can drop when league play gets into full swing in January, Lancaster is hoping to make some noise.
“Everyone’s working hard from beginning to end,” Otto said. “We’re still not making the shots we should be making, we’re getting the looks, we just have to make them.”
And while the record isn’t what the Redskins were hoping for, Lancaster still has had some bright spots. After dropping two games in its tip-off tournament, Lancaster picked up a victory and then was competitive in a non-league battle with St. Francis and also in ECIC-I setbacks against Williamsville North and West Seneca East.
Plonka’s hot hand has helped the cause; he reached double-figures in four of the last five games.
“We’re playing well as a team,” he said. “We’ve been moving the ball well and defense is upbeat. Hopefully we can keep getting better as a team.”