Plano coach Kyle Kee had a feeling his Reapers would see a zone Tuesday night at Hinckley-Big Rock.
"We prepared for it pretty good," Kee said. "That's really been our problem. We need to focus on what we do with the basketball."
Consider this a step forward.
Nathan Shead and Jermaine Boyd each scored 11 points and Elijah Maisonet added 10 for Plano in its 62-42 win.
The Reapers (19-6), which shot 44 percent and 7-for-20 from 3-point range, jumped on Hinckley with a 19-5 second quarter. Shead made all three of his 3-point attempts.
"We wanted to make sure we got it to Jermaine and he was a dominant force," Kee said. "We tried to go high/low with Anthony Martinez and he had a big-time dunk on the fast break."
Plano previously beat Wilmington 66-47 on Feb. 10. Shead scored 16 points, Maisonet 12, Boyd 11 and Martinez 10 in that game. Brandon Contreras chipped in nine.
The Reapers, a game behind Sandwich in the conference race, play at Coal City Friday. Plano beat Coal City 61-50 in the I-8 tournament.
"They gave us everything we could handle," Kee said. "They're a team that might be in our regional. We have to play with the same focus offensively."
Class 3A seeds and playoff pairings are released this week. Kee is hopeful Plano gets a top regional seed. Either way the Reapers will be headed to a regional in Coal City or Kankakee. Plano hosts the sectional.
"Hopefully we can get a good draw," Kee said.