SHS girls’ basketball preview: New outlook should help squad
FARMER’S KORNER – After a full season at the helm of the Tiger girls’ basketball team, head coach Rachel Dunaway said things are going to be different this year.
She’s adapted her coaching style to better suite her players, she’s changed up the team’s system of play and schedule, and she’s trying to make the game a more positive experience for her team.
The biggest change Dunaway and her players are hoping for, though, will be in the win column, as in actually putting a few “Ws” in there.
Last season, Summit went winless with a young and inexperienced lineup.
“I’d like to say that yeah, this is the year with some people maturing and some people filling in at spots that it would be a year for a jump,” the coach said. “But we’ll see.”
The Tigers start the season tonight at home against Clear Creek, and they hope a solid showing will be the springboard to a successful season.
Senior captains Taylor Greene and Chloe Webber lead a team that Dunawy called “fairly young.” Both Greene and Webber hope to instill a better work ethic in the program and to keep the slew of young players moving in the right direction.
“You have to be a role model and bust your butt in practice,” Webber said. “You have to show people you want to be here.”
With the addition of a new point guard, junior transfer Jessica Malknecht, the Tigers hope to run a faster style of play, including a less controlled game and more running. Summit has an athletic group of players to fit that style, Dunaway said, and combining that with Webber and fellow senior Davia Carr creating a low post presence, the Tigers should be a more potent offensive team than last season.
“They like to shoot the ball this year, which is good,” Dunaway said of her team, which was a bit gun-shy at times last year. “Hopefully they’ll build on (our system) and have fun doing it.”
It’s too early for the team to focus on any goals yet, Dunaway said, but the biggest thing will be maintaining the team’s already good chemistry.
“I think we’re a lot more friendly this year toward each other,” Greene said. “We’ve been together for a while, and we have a good bond.”
“Our chemistry should help us play confident on the court, instead of people just trying to do it themselves,” Webber added.
Confidence may be one of the biggest things Dunaway has tried to instill into her players. The team’s early season schedule should help that. Games with Clear Creek, Eagle Valley and Jefferson, along with a tournament at Woodland Park, should give the Tigers a better chance at some wins than in past seasons.
And above all else, the Summit players would certainly like to change that success level.
“We’d like to win a game,” Greene said.
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