Smart play key to promising season for Westmont girls basketball
|Westmont senior forward Susie Sternard goes up for a lay-up during practice on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. Staff photo by Matthew Piechalak (Matthew Piechalak)|
No matter the opponent, environment or situation, no matter what players are on the floor for Westmont’s girls basketball team, there is one thing the Sentinels will be looking to do game in and game out this season.
“We have to play intelligently,” head coach Mike McCord said. “We can’t match teams going up and down the floor all the time so we have to make sure we get good shots.”
With several players returning from last year’s regional championship team being complemented by some talented newcomers, the Sentinels should be able to do just that.
In guard/forward Amanda Anderson, they have a solid ballhandler who can also work for her own shot closer to the basket. The tandem of 6-foot-1 Susie Sternard and forward Megan Seratt gives Westmont a solid inside presence, both offensively and defensively. Defense is where the Sentinels may be strongest, especially early in the season.
“We say stop, deny and challenge,” McCord said of the defensive mantra. “We want to deny all 3-point shots against us, stop all drives and challenge everything else.
“We do a decent job of team help defense, and I’ve been happy with that so far.”
The success of Westmont’s volleyball team, which played in a sectional semifinal match Oct. 30, prevented a few players from being on hand for a few early season practices. (There were seven on hand for practice last Thursday). In addition to the solid core of Anderson, Seratt and Sternard, sophomore Mara Casper and freshman Annie Carlson could also be key contributors for the Sentinels. It shouldn’t take long to develop chemistry as Westmont is slated to start the season with five games in six days at the Immaculate Conception Thanksgiving tournament, where they have played in the championship game the last three years. Having success there could be a boost for the rest of the winter.
“We want to have success at any tournament we’re in,” McCord said. “And if I had to pick a goal I’d like us to finish in the upper tier of conference because I think our conference is going to be good this year.”
At a glance
COACH Mike McCord
2011-12 RECORD 19-14
Amanda Anderson sr. G/F
Megan Seratt sr. F
Susie Sternard sr. F/C
FIRST GAME Monday, Nov. 19 at Immaculate Conception Thanksgiving tournament
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