Girls basketball hopes to improve upon record season

The girls basketball team is looking to build off a 2012-2013 season in which they went 25-3 and reached the Regional finals.

In his second year as head coach, Nate Flannery is very optimistic about the team’s chances this year.

“We have some key players back again this season, and we intend to have the same up-tempo style of play.  We have kids that are willing to work extremely hard during the week at practice which allows us to put in many things on the offensive and defensive end of the floor and play with intensity,” Flannery said.

Success will not come easy, though.  The team can have as much talent in the world, but what their success dominantly relies on is team cohesiveness.

“Our success will depend on this year’s team becoming a team.  Last year we bonded as a group quickly, and the girls played for each other more so than just for themselves.  The sooner this group reaches that point the better,” Flannery said.

Despite many returning players, the team will still have to adjust to each other on and off the court, as well as adjust to a new rule this year.

“We have to adjust to the new hand check rules and continue to learn everyone’s strengths and fit pieces together,” said varsity guard Kendall Detweiler.

While the hand check rule, which disallows placing one’s hand on another’s back while playing defense, will be an adjustment for the team, they are still confident that they can compete with any team in any style of game.

“We have some very athletic players, so I think we are at our best when the game is moving quickly.  We also have some very skilled offensive players though that can create some great scoring opportunities in the half-court,” Flannery said.

As of now, the Knights record sits at  3-2 overall.