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Lady Vikings open Saturday
November 9, 2012Huntington North High School
Lady Vikings open Saturday
By John Dempsey firstname.lastname@example.org | Thursday, November 8, 2012
The key to success for Huntington North’s Lady Vikings will come from how they work as a team.
“We’ve talked to the girls about how there are no standouts on our team,” second-year coach BreAnne Dyer said. “That’s not a knock on them, but if we are going to be a good team we have to play as one and count on our teammates.”
The coach is pleased with the effort the players have made and their work ethic to this point.
“This year we really tried to ramp up the intensity in practice and they have responded well. I think it helps having the relationship that was formed last year and we’ll build upon that this year,” the coach said.
Dyer said the team will face issues in matching up with opponents’ height.
“We will have to be disciplined and push the ball up the court,” she said. “I like where we’re going. It’s a fine line between pushing and forcing. Knowing when to push the ball and when to pull it back and set up a play will be important.
Five girls are returning from a team that went 6-15 last season. Two other players are moving up from the junior varsity and three freshmen could also see time with the varsity.
Senior guard Allyson Trout returns as the team’s leading scorer, averaging 8.3 ppg last season.
“She has a good shot from 3-point range. She played big varsity minutes for us last year,” Dyer said. “We’re looking for her to return and do the same this year. I want to see herstepup into a leadership role because the young kids look up to her.”
Kelsey Hollowell, another senior guard, will be counted on to help run the attack while guard Lindsey Foster and forward Maddie Klender, both juniors, are players who Dyer expects to step up and be more of a factor.
“Kelsey sees the floor really well. She works hard and will do what we need her to do. She’s also an offensive threat and can hit the 3,” the coach said. “Lindsey and Maddie are really going to have to play a role this year. They have some mental toughness and we saw that as they led us in conditioning.”
At an inside forward will be 5-10 junior Paige Coolman.
“She was thrown in for some varsity minutes last year when a couple of people got hurt. Her maturity level has grown a lot. I really think soccer helped her with that,” Dyer said. “She had a big role as the goalie. I’m excited to see her grown and mature and I think it’s her turn to step up.”
Moving up from the JV will be Kayla Patrick and Caitlyn Shrock.
“Kayla brings a spark on defense and Kaitlyn is another person to provide an inside presence with Paige,” she said. “We’ll be asking both of them to step up and do some big things.
“We’re very young. Ellie Lawson, Hannah Stoffel and Madi Canady are all freshmen who I hope to get some experience here and there.”
Along with a lack of height, self confidence is an issue the Vikings must overcome.
“When we get down on ourselves, if we make a couple of bad passes or a turnover, we tend to do that. We need to bounce back and get at it,” Dyer said. “Last year, we’d get discouraged if things didn’t go our way.
“We talked a lot about mental toughness and that we have to go out and play four quarters. We’re going to play as a team and not point fingers if someone makes a mistake or a turnover. Our success will be as a team.”
If the team can’t push the ball, it can turn to the motion offense or one new to this season.
“We put in a new offense that has more screens that allows the kids to read and play off one another,” the coach said.
“Defensively, if possible, we want to play man, but depending on the other team’s inside presence, we may have to use some zone here and there.”
As usual, Huntington’s schedule is a tough one.
“The IBCA poll came out and there are five or six teams in the top 20 that we play,” Dyer said. “Each game is a tough game and we need to be ready to come out and go each game they put the jersey on.”