Updated Fri, Nov 29, 2013 1:29 pm
Amber Ridenour is returning for a second season as the Lady Marauders head varsity basketball coach. The team is coming off a disappointing season last year, where they finished with a record of 4-18.
Ridenour said her girls have a lot to prove for the upcoming season. Losing four starters to graduation has proved to be a big challenge for the team. The team only has three returning starters.
“I think the returners; Kelsey Hudson, Hannah Cremeans and Morgan Russell are showing some maturity on the floor and our newcomers,” said Ridenour. “Since we only have three girls from the varsity back this year, and several that didn't play last year, we have had to do a lot of re-learning that should have already been in place.”
During the offseason the team worked a lot on perfecting their shooting form. They start each practice with drills designed to improve their shooting.
After those drills, the team spends adequate time working on box-out drills, rebounding and individual skills for guards and forwards.
It is clear that the Lady Marauders plan on perfecting the inside game. They spent much time in a 2-3 zone.
Coach Ridenour said they do not spend too much time on any one thing.
“I think that there is always room for continuous improvement in every area,” said Ridenour.
When asked about their rivals, Ridenour said that they had a lot to prove, not only to the other teams, but also to themselves. They want to get back at many teams who they should have beaten last year. Their team chemistry will help them accomplish that goal.
“I feel like we all get along and can work together as a team,” said Ridenour.
With continual practice and dedication, the team hopes to improve as the season progresses. In order to achieve success, the Lady Marauders need to feel more comfortable in their roles on the court.
The Lady Marauders started their season off strong with a 63-59 win against Federal Hocking on Nov. 22. The leading scorer was Kelsey Hudson, with 21 points.