The Augusta Girl Panthers travelled to Fleming County to tackle the East Carter Girl Raiders in a summer time basketball recreation on Monday.
Augusta got here out of the gate sturdy, and actually put what they’ve been working towards to make use of. Head coach Todd Kelsch stated that he and the workforce have been working extensively on making the protection extra aggressive, and transferring towards the basket. He stated that the Girl Panthers are going to be a workforce that scores a variety of factors when the season rolls round this fall, and in the event that they proceed to play the way in which they did this recreation, he’s proper. Augusta gained the lead early within the first half after a number of consecutive baskets, and maintained their lead all through the remainder of the sport.
By the tip of the 2 twenty minute halves, the Girl Panthers had put 48 factors up on the board, with East Carter trailing behind by 13.
“It’s a contented medium although I’m determining. Within the second recreation, our legs had been shot due to how onerous we performed on protection. Once we began executing within the second recreation towards Fleming, the photographs simply weren’t falling, they had been all brief. It’s a contented medium in between we wish to rating a variety of factors, however we additionally have to get stops. If it means we rating six factors much less per recreation, and which means we get three extra stops, I’ll take that. All in all I assumed it was a very good night time for us.” stated coach Kelsch.
Transferring ahead, the workforce is planning on engaged on their stamina, and persevering with to enhance their depth. With such a robust defensive recreation towards East Carter, the Girl Panthers have confirmed to themselves that they’re able to pull out wins, however may have to have the ability to construct up endurance for longer video games come this season.
Augusta is working with a particularly brief bench, attributable to scheduling conflicts and an already small roster. The Girl Panthers are relying closely this summer time on a few of their youthful gamers, with a number of center schoolers taking the court docket this recreation, racking up priceless minutes and gaining effectively deserved expertise. Coach Kelsch commends his seventh graders work ethic, having to juggle each highschool and center faculty practices, in addition to their summer time ball recreation schedule. He stated that he his pleased with their angle, and is glad that they reply to teaching in addition to they do.
With the Girl Panthers placing up as many factors they did this recreation, with a roster as small and inexperienced as this, when the time involves take the court docket this fall, the Girl Panthers might be a tough workforce to cease.
“We’re engaged on our depth. We had some seventh graders be part of the workforce right here. They’ve had center faculty follow so it’s been kinda powerful discovering time for them to get in and get reps, however I noticed some flashes of actually good play on offense from a few of our seventh graders and that may solely assist. We’ve received to have some depth so we will get these ladies some breathers. They’re enjoying so onerous on protection so we’ve gotta give them a breather and whoever steps in, it’s subsequent woman up. They’ve gotta fill that position.” stated coach Kelsch.
With such a dominating efficiency towards a bigger, extra skilled workforce like East Carter, it’s apparent the Girl Panthers are heading in the right direction to success.
Coach Kelsch stated that the groups’ offensive execution was largely what received them the sport. Having the ability to keep a lead all through the vast majority of the sport allowed the workforce to calm down and take into consideration every shot they took. The groups protection did an impressive job of holding again the Girl Raiders, which solely made the offenses job even simpler as time moved on.
“We don’t have very many units proper now, I haven’t been capable of put in a variety of units, however the ones that we do have I felt that we executed effectively. We both received simple baskets, simple seems or vast open seems or we received fouled and went to the free throw line. We shot our free throws nice that recreation.” stated coach Kelsch.
Augusta beat the Girl Raiders 48-35, with the Girl Raiders trailing behind your entire recreation after the primary jiffy.
Together with his first few video games as head coach of the Girl Panthers below his belt, coach Kelsch is assured in his groups skill to win video games this season. The Girl Panthers have put in a ton of labor to date this summer time preparing for the autumn, and can proceed to take action for so long as they’ll. With Augusta executing effectively on each ends of the court docket, and every participant gaining a lot wanted expertise with each follow, the Girl Panthers are destined to be a tricky workforce by the point the season begins.