Women’s Basketball Conference Preview

It’s been an interesting start to the season for the Lady Dolphin basketball team, according to second-year Head Coach Darnellia Russell.  Due to various circumstances, the team has competed with a short roster, having anywhere from 5-9 athletes at any one time.  Their current roster holds 8.  The silver lining in this tough situation is that the ladies “bond together well and come in and work hard,” says Russell.

With such a small roster, the challenges facing the team resembles a grocery list.  It includes everything from limited strategic options to increased potential for injury.  While playing short of a full puzzle, the team does have strong pieces in place.

Freshman Tara Bremer is the team’s main point guard.  The Toppenish grad is smart, has great ball control and sees the floor well, according to Russell. Bremer has used that vision to dish out 40 assists, or an average of 4.44 a game, which is 9th in the NWAC, along with 20 steals (2.22/game) and is 18th in the NWAC.

Sophomore Justice Perry, a graduate of Renton, has a strong presence in the paint with the ability to block shots and win the rebound battle.  She currently has 15 blocks (1.67/game) putting her 5th overall in the NWAC, along with 21 steals (2.33/game) slating her 16th in the NWAC.  Perry & teammate Magen Lloyd (Sophomore, Salt Lake City, UT) are both top-10 in rebounds in the conference.  Perry has 79 (8.78/game) putting her 8th with Lloyd just above her with 82 boards (9.11/game) at 7th.  See the team’s season stats on the NWAC site along with the stat leaders list.

A glance at the record of this team may give one pause, but once conference play begins the season is all new, with every team starting over with a 0-0 record.  “There’s progress.  Our first game we were throwing up bad shots because we were tired. When you’re fatigued, your mind goes, too.  Poor shots, silly fouls,” shares Russell, “Against Green River, they got on us early and were up 18 at half.  Then we come back and lose by 6.  I liked their attitudes.  When I got on them, they just said ‘Let’s get it together and play basketball.'”

Russell stays committed to the process. “We have a lot of learning to do.  There’ s a lot of basketball IQ to teach.  They showed a lot of heart that game [against Green River].  If we can continue to do that regardless of the the win-loss record, then this season will be a success.”

Check our your Lady Phins when they host the Skagit Valley Cardinals on Wednesday, January 14th.  Game time is 5:30pm.  The men will follow at 7:30pm.  Cost is free for Shoreline students, staff, & faculty with Shoreline ID.  $4 for visiting students, members of the military, seniors, and youth 17 and under.  Children 6 and under are free.  All others are $6 apiece.

 

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