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Got any beginner coaching advice?

Sorry to take up space about something not Blazers related, but there seem to be a few people who know the game really well on this site and I thought I would pose a challenge. I'm in Japan, and on a basketball team. We have a tournament this month and need to learn a few basic plays that we can use as our bread and butter. First though, I feel I should give you some background. 

Now, in Japan the kids spend hours a day basically honing shooting and passing skills (ie games or lay-up/3 on 2 drills, etc.) but never try and draw up a play, and this carries over into thier adult life. In fact most of them don't know how to use a srceen, let alone set one. They don't really practice fundamentals either, as when if a shot goes up, I am surprised if someone actually tries to box me out. The nice thing is that most teams are run the same way until you get to the semi-pro teams, which if we get that far in the tournament would be an absolute win. So really, I need very basic stuff that works.

Our team has 18 people, so we are sending 2 teams to the tournament. They decided to make one "strong" team and one "fun" team and are letting people decide which team to be on. I am going on the fun team, as there are going to be less players and more time, and I am the 2nd best "center" on the team. Anyway, here's the hitch. A lot of girls are going to this team, and girls get 2x the points per bucket except foul shots, which they shot 2x the amount of. A few of them can catch and shoot, and one of them has a very solid 3 ball as well as a good drive and finish [as long as there's not a hulking (read 5'10 and over) center standing over her]. Also, there will be at least one other American who knows how to set a screen, though he would likely be a wing. It seems like the best shot is to set plays where the girls can get open and drain money balls and hopefully play solid enough defense to at least hold the lead. I'm not being sexist there, these are Japanese girls that maybe weigh 100 lbs. soaking wet. I am thinking of implimenting a (very) basic motion offense and going with a 2-3 or even 3-2 zone, but I've never really coached before and these are just some thoughts off the top of my head. Any offensive or defensive knowledge you could drop would be helpful.

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