Following an appearance in the state playoffs last season, the Prescott Badgers Women’s Basketball team features a less-experienced group this year but one that is looking to work hard for success.
The Badgers lost seven players due to graduation from last season’s team while bringing back four underclassmen this season. The rest of the team is made up of players getting their first taste of competition at the varsity level.
“This year is very developmental,” said Badgers junior Brittany Resendez. “We have a lot of new girls since we had so many seniors pass. So this year should be interesting and different.”
The 2016-2017 Badgers squad features six juniors, two freshmen and three seniors. The team features good height this year which head coach Bobbi Yoder will use as well as a moldable scheme to best take advantage of the opponent’s weaknesses.
“Anytime we have transition offense, we definitely want to take advantage of that and we need to make sure we are transitioning in defense as well because a lot of the teams we face do like to run the ball,” Yoder said. “We do also like to slow it down depending on the team that we are facing.”
Coach Yoder, who achieved a section championship with a 22-6 record to go along with a 11-2 section record in her first year as head coach, looks to build the team from the ground up.
“You have to get back to basics and fundamentals and make sure that everybody has bought into the game plan as far as the offenses and the defenses that we are looking to run,” Yoder said. “Then just try to get them as much practice time together as we can and try to get that team chemistry up with the girls we have on the court at the same time.”
A number of the players on the team have played together throughout their high school basketball careers. Continuing to build team chemistry during practice can lead to success on the court, a point Yoder is emphasizing to her young team.
“When you have a team that practices well together, and has that team chemistry, they communicate well on defense and they start to have that court vision throughout the game,” Yoder said. “It helps the overall production on offense and defense.”
Coach Yoder impressed with her first season as head coach of the team. The players value her direction and care.
“Bobbi’s a great coach,” said Badgers junior Abby Chartier. “Bobbi knows what she is doing and she is like a mother to us but she will tell you like it is and she’ll tell you, you need to work harder. It’s really handy.”
Considering the youth of the team, it is understood that success will come with hard work and dedication.
“It’s a young team and that’s yet to be seen how successful we will be,” Yoder said. “But they understand that they are going to have to work really hard to get what they want this season.”
The Badgers tip-off the 2016-2017 season at 7pm on Tuesday at Prescott High School against Washington.