Depth key for MHS girls

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK


The Marion girls’ basketball team will use its depth to offset their inexperience this season, according to coach Jerry Smith.


“I think we’re going to be pretty deep,” Smith said. “We should be able to go 10 to 11 deep. It’s inexperienced depth, but the talent level doesn’t drop off down the bench.


“We’re hoping we get to .500 or better,” he added. “We want to do better than last year.”


The Warriors were 3-17 a year ago and 1-9 in the Cottonwood Valley League. With only three wins last season, Smith said his players are ready to improve.


“We’re probably as athletic as we’ve been in the past couple of years,” Smith said. “We have a great bunch of kids who are really working hard. The enjoyable part of it is that we’re going to get better as the year goes on. I think by the end of the year we’re going to be formidable.”


Krista Zogelman, a 5-9 junior, is high on Smith’s list this season.


“I think Krista is a very good basktball player,” Smith said. “She’s got a lot of skills. If she makes the right decisions on the court, it’s going to make a big difference. I expect her to be a little better than last season.


“As a high school point guard, there are a lot of decisions that have to be made and I think she’s the one who can make them.”


Also turning Smith’s head is Brandi Peterie, a 5-10 sophomore.


“Brandi is going to be good,” Smith said. “Shoot, she is pretty good right now.”


Smith believes that scoring more points and playing better defense will improve his team’s chances for success. But his team’s lack of experience will probably be evident at some point this season.


“Our inexperience is probably our weakness,” Smith said. “We’re young and there will times when we’ll play very well, and other times we won’t play very well.”


Smith said Sacred Heart and Chase County should be the teams to beat in the CVL this season.


Marion will open its season Friday with a gome game against the Hillsboro Trojans.

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