Girls’ basketball prepares for Sections

Park wins against Chaska

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Girls’ basketball prepares for Sections

Freshmen Kendall Coley shoots over defender from Chaska during the game on Feb. 15. The Orioles win 71-61.

Freshmen Kendall Coley shoots over defender from Chaska during the game on Feb. 15. The Orioles win 71-61.

David Bryant

Freshmen Kendall Coley shoots over defender from Chaska during the game on Feb. 15. The Orioles win 71-61.

David Bryant

David Bryant

Freshmen Kendall Coley shoots over defender from Chaska during the game on Feb. 15. The Orioles win 71-61.

David Bryant and Hayley Westwood

Head coach Arsenio Richardson said the girls’ basketball team has been doing well, but is still not where they want to be after their 71-61 win against Chaska.

“More or less, I’m happy with the team’s performance, but not satisfied. Its too many times where we get complacent and we think since we have won in the past that we can (now),” Richardson said.

According to sophomore Shala Miller, the team aimed to stay unified and mentally focused, but they still have room for improvement.

“We need to get better at on the ball defense, we need to get zoned and have to work on man defense a little more and make sure were not selfish and start passing the ball,” Miller said.

According to Richardson, despite weak communication at the beginning of the game, the team usually finishes strong.

“We took care of the ball, communicated and we secured a lot of rebounds. We didn’t give up as many offensive rebounds and the communication near the end was a lot better along with being executed a lot better,” Richardson said.

According to freshman Raegan Alexander the team would succeed if they start off strong and play forcefully the entire game.

“The way we finish the games we should play for the whole game so that we can succeed,” Alexander said.

Miller, said the team had a boost of energy at the second half which let them take control and finish the game.

“We started hitting shots which always boosts your energy, and we knew if we did not get a run soon (Chaska was) going to stay in it and keep themselves in it and we just need to push to get ahead,” Miller said.

Richardson said strengthening its defense will give the team a better shot at doing well in Sections.

“Offensively we have been fine all year, but defensively we have to get everyone to buy-in and lock down their girl, and if we can do that, we will have a chance to surprise some people in Sections,” Richardson said.

The next game for the Orioles will be 7 p.m. Feb. 21 against Bloomington Kennedy at SLP.

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