Even before the official practice for the Englewood High School girls basketball team, Coach Thomas Rode said he expects his team to be strong and competitive. “We only graduated one senior so we …
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Even before the official practice for the Englewood High School girls basketball team, Coach Thomas Rode said he expects his team to be strong and competitive.
“We only graduated one senior so we have almost everyone back from last year’s team that had a pretty good season,” the coach said on Nov. 5. “Our strength will be our defense and that is where we can impact our opponents. We can play a zone defense or switch to one-on-one if that is what will work best.”
He said on offense the Pirates will push the ball up the court if that style works best against the other team’s defense.
“If we have to go to a half-court offense we have a few more players who can hit the outside shot,” he said. “But the bread and butter of our offense will be driving to the hoop.”
He said the team’s quickness can help them get the ball back. He said the team will play the style that works best as they try to make it hard for the other team to work the ball into position for a shot.
The Pirates were a young team last season. Rode said that despite the fact that his team played hard every time they were on the court, wins were hard to come by. The team finished the season 5-15.
“There was no lack of effort but we were a young team, so we worked to gain experience and improve out skills under fire,” he said. “No one likes to lose. I don’t and my players don’t. But I saw improvement in our play on offense and defense every time we took the court and I feel that will carry over to this season.”
The team worked on improvement during the off season and played about 20 games during the summer.
“We played in a couple area leagues and hosted a league here at Englewood plus we played in a number of tournaments,” he said. “We were the only Colorado team in one tournament and we saw a lot of different styles of play, including teams that played a racehorse style pushing the ball up the court.
“Playing other teams with other styles of play was good experience and our goal is to use what we learned to make us a stronger team this season.”
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