Senior Lady Ranger Taylor Brunski fights through a screen in the varsity game against Bear Lake at the Pinedale tournament on Friday, Jan. 5. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
The Kemmerer girls’ basketball team didn’t get a much-hoped-for win at the Pinedale tournament, but the team hopes to turn around this week and keep making progress.
The Kemmerer girls’ team is 1–8 for the season.
On Friday, the Lady Rangers lost to Cokeville 50–13 and to a tough Bear Lake team 71–34.
“We are learning to play more agressive as the season progresses,” said Lady Rangers head coach Tim Fagnant. “Those first two weekends we were a little complacent, and now we’re really making an effort to be more agressive, and I think it’s becoming more evident as our physicality improves.”
Kinzee Painter sets up a play in a Lady Rangers game at the Pinedale tournament on Jan 5. The Lady Rangers play Pinedale and Mountain View this weekend. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
On Saturday, the Lady Rangers finished their tournament play with a loss to Farson-Eden 67–47.
Fagnant discussed a few strategy changes he has employed with the team, such as a switch from man-to-man defense to zone defense in some of the games at the Pinedale tournament.
“We moved to a zone defense much sooner (in the season) than I wanted to,” Fagnant said. “But that did help us positioning-wise and match-up wise. I still believe very strongly in man-to-man principles, so we’re not ignoring that.”
Senior Stevie Moyles dribbles the ball for the Lady Rangers against Bear Lake on Friday, Jan. 5. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
Fagnant said he continues to focus on making the Lady Rangers a more physical and agressive team.
“We want to be able to fight through screens, push the ball on offense and make sure that everyone is a threat offensively,” Fagnant said. “We’re really stressing communication in our offensive drills at practice.”
Fagnant said he doesn’t like to single out certain players when recounting who did and didn’t do well at the games.
“The whole team concept is critical,” Fagnant said. “We’re making an effort to cut down on turnovers and improve at rebounding and hanging onto the ball.”
On Friday, Jan. 12, the Lady Rangers travel to Pinedale to play the Lady Wranglers.
The Lady Rangers finally have a home game this weekend.
The Kemmerer varsity girls play Mountain View on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Madelyn Gregory shoots a free throw for the Lady Rangers J.V. team on Jan. 5. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)