out for girls basketball
New Prairie girls basketball coach Rusty Lorentz said the team will look more for the transition baskets and he wants them to take the good open shot when they have it.
There are 26 players out for the team this year.
He said they’re a little shy on size with senior post Mary Shears being their only real post presence. They would’ve had Hilaree VanderPas but for the second straight year she hurt her knee on the first day of practice.
Seniors Shears, Amber Holthaus and NaTosha Schaeffer junior Kayla Johnson and sophomore Megan Sigler are the only returnees with much varsity experience
Junior Francesca Johnson is also likely to start and sophomore MaKayla Schaeffer will also see a lot of playing time and would start in the season opener with Holthaus missing that game for a family event.
Juniors Meaghan Bruner and Haleigh Schmidt saw time on the varsity last year for tournaments while sophomores Sam Keating and Demetria Riener will play both varsity and JV this year.
New JV coach Sarah Walsh has 11 freshmen in the mix along with 5 sophomores and 1 junior.
They will try to get some C games scheduled to give some of the freshmen more playing time but there are very few area schools with C teams this year.
Betty Clark is the lone junior on the JV team with sophomores Riener and Keating along with Jenny Gimmeson, Amanda Stinson and Leslie Nida. Freshmen are Callie Mader, Tanna Schlader, Tyler Workman, Stephanie Gimmeson, Taylor Heitman, Kendal Schumacher, Cheryl Gehring, Amanda Dinning, Shelby VonBargen, Claire Whitley and Hope Vanator.
The team was to play their season opener this past Tuesday against Lewis County at Nezperce. They will play next at Grangeville on Thursday, Nov. 19 then take a long break for Thanksgiving before playing their home opener against Kamiah on Monday, Nov. 30 at the Middle School gym.
They hope to be able to play their first game on the new high school floor on Friday, Dec. 4 against Grangeville.
Lorentz said Lapwai and C.V. should be tough in the league this year and that Genesee looked very good in their season opener against Lewis County. He said the girls are having fun so far and are looking forward to getting the season started.
New head coach Rusty Lorentz watches most of the varsity starters go through a passing drill. Megan Sigler passes while Mary Shears is about to make a pass. At right are NaTosha Schaeffer and Fran Johnson. In the background is Sam Keating retrieving the ball as the rest of the varsity players were going through the same drill.
2009-2010 Girls Basketball Schedule
19th-Away Grangeville 6:00
30th-Home Kamiah 6:00
10th-Home Lewis Co.* 6:00
12th-Away Timberline* 1:00
15th-Home Lapwai * 6:00
19th-Home Genesee* 1:00
22nd-Home Potlatch* 1:00
29th & 30th-Away Kamiah Tour. TBA
8th-Away Deary* 6:00
9th-Home Culdesac (varsity only) 6:00
12th-Home Troy* 6:00
14th-Home Orofino 6:00
16th-Away C.V.* 1:00
19th-Away Kendrick* 6:00
22nd-Home Kamiah 4:00
28th-Away Genesee 6:00
18,19,& 20-Away State-Boise TBA