Argos girls basketball preview
ARGOS — Argos’ girls basketball team started preseason practice a bit late, thanks to the soccer team’s semistate appearance.
Despite the delay, the early returns — at least on the scoreboard — look promising.
The Dragons opened last week with victories at John Glenn and South Central, and hope to improve upon last season’s 10-11 mark.
“These girls are used to having success in soccer and volleyball, and basketball is a completely different game; basketball is not flowing like they think it should, so there is some frustration,” second-year Argos head coach Nick Medich said. “Our first week of practice we didn’t really start practicing until Wednesday, so we’re two days short. This happened last year and we worked it out.”
Junior Jami Patterson, a 5-foot-2 playmaking point guard, leads the cast of Argos returning players.
“Jami is a big part of our team,” Medich said. “She’s a good athlete, an all-state soccer player. We’re expecting her to do quite a bit. When Jami plays hard she’s really good, and I know she’ll play hard.”
Senior Carly McCay, junior Karlee VanDerWeele, and sophomore Shelby Sanders return to give the Dragons another trio of capable perimeter options.
Up front, 5-foot-11 junior Kayla Prochno looks to continue her development as a third-year varsity player, while 5-10 sophomore Libby Moyer, who received a taste of varsity action last year, cracked the starting lineup in the season opener at Glenn.
“We should be able to rebound,” Medich said. “The biggest thing for us under the basket is getting stronger. We need the hand strength and coordination to hang on to the ball. With our small numbers each possession is going to be important. We need to hang on to every single one of those possessions.”
Four more players — junior Allison Flower, sophomores Kelsey Kring and Amanda Middleton, and senior Dani Fishburn — round out the Argos roster.
“We’re going to keep working at it and getting better,” Medich said. “We don’t have much depth. We’re not big in numbers, but the girls we do have are capable; it’s a good group. They know what they need to do and they’ll do it. This group is really smart and fun to be around.”