Here is an effective quick hitter you can run against a zone defense. It will probably work best against a 2-3 zone defense, but can be used against other zone defenses.
This basketball play uses a quick reversal and then counters back the other way to get a good shot attempt. If the potential shooter is defended, he has multiple passing options to create a scoring chance.
O1 initiates the play by dribbling toward O2, who clears out to the opposite side.
O4 slides out to the short corner. O3 replaces O1 at the top of the key.
O1 first looks to O4 in the short corner. If that is not available, O1 passes to O3 at the top.
O3 dribbles to the right as O2 slides down to the corner. As the defensive guard shifts over to cover O3, O5 steps into the top of the key area. O3 passes to O5.
O4 screens the wing defender as O1 curls behind and below the screen.
O5 looks to pass to O1 for the shot.
After setting the screen, O4 should step toward the basketball in case O1 is not open. O5 can pass to O4 for the shot.
If O1 (or O4) receive the pass but do not have a shot, they can look to skip pass to O2 or O3 … or they can hit a cutting O5 with the pass.