Girls’ Basketball Prepares for Almont TitleFeb 1st, 2012 | By admin | Category: Sports
With both new and returning players, the varsity girls’ basketball team is ready for another competitive season. The Lady Moors are hoping for a better Almont League record this year and ultimately to qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs.
According to Captain Lauren Wong, rebuilding team chemistry is necessary due to many players who left the program this season. Because the new players are learning quickly, the team is beginning to pick up where they had left off.
“[These players] have made significant contributions to the team and have definitely made a positive impact. They brought a new mix to the team and we get along very easily,” Captain Michelle Tan said.
During the fall, the team have been conditioning, improving their physical strength in the weight room and practicing important skills in the gym. The players are currently working on a new offensive strategy that requires every player’s contribution. According to Tan, everyone has a job to make the play happen, whether it be setting up a shot for a teammate or running until they can find an open shot.
“We’re working on communicating more efficiently on the court, because it gives us a better understanding of where each person is at a certain time,” Wong said.
From Nov. 28 to Dec. 3, the girls played in the Pioneer Tournament where they lost against Bell Gardens with a 1-3 score. According to Wong, this game was to identify the team’s strengths and weaknesses and to prepare themselves for their game against them during season.
On Jan. 24, the Lady Moors faced off against Bell Gardens once again in the league game. Although the girls’ lost 37-42, they were better prepared this time around.
“We had a good first half, executing our plays and moving the ball well, but second half we weren’t running offense anymore and we started to panic, making mistakes [though we know not to],” said Wong.