PCS girls squad looks to out work opponents on court
By Tim Linscott
The Perkins County girls basketball team is wanting ‘Out’ this season.
With eight returning letter winners, the Perkins County girls basketball team couple that experience with their seniors to make a big impact on the court using their theme for this year: “Out Hustle. Out Work. Out Think. Out Play.”
The two seniors on the squad this year are Courtney McClenahan and Courtney Lyon. A host of juniors make up the squad this year with Courtney Ostermiller, Kendra Hoffert, Stephanie Schrotberger, Mariah Curtis and Amanda Osler. Rounding out the squad is sophomore Brandie Ross.
There are 14 total girls out this season.
Last year the Lady Plainsmen had a record of 13-9 and head coach Deanne Bishop wants to approach each game as if it were the squad’s last.
“Sometimes the girls have games they look forward to for personal reasons (i.e., relatives on the opponents’ teams, memories from the previous years),” Bishop said. “As a coaching staff, we realize every game ‘counts for one.’ In other words, each game is significant and important in and of its own.”
She continued, “We’re looking forward to watching the girls improve each game throughout the season.”
Using speed as a weapon on the court will be important to Bishop.
“This year’s squad is very quick. We’ll look to use that as a way to attack the basket on offense and apply pressure on defense,” Bishop said.
Wanting to improve each and every game, Bishop lost the top four scorers and top three rebounders from last year’s squad.
“We’ll need new individuals to take leadership roles for us. This year’s squad had some quality wins in previous seasons’ C-Team and JV games,” Bishop said. “The girls need to translate that success and the skills that brought them that success to the varsity level.”
Lower numbers on the squad is a challenge for Bishop. Injuries and illness have the potential to affect practice options and player rotations in games. Bishop stays positive when faced with adversity.
“Looking on the positive side, however, this means that the girls who are in practice are going to get extra reps in drills,” Bishop said. “Hopefully, the girls use these reps to their advantage and see big gains in their skills.”
The assistant coaches this year are Renee Seiler and Mike Mayer. The student managers are Carlie Waitley, Lila Konecky and Amanda Reichert.