PRESCOTT- The 2016-2017 season for the Prescott High School Badgers women’s basketball team was a year of growth for the program, featuring only two seniors and five juniors to go along with two freshmen. Prescott High School completed the season with a 6-11 record overall while going 3-9 in region action.
“Last year was definitely a building year,” Prescott High School Badgers women’s basketball Head Coach Bobbi Yoder said. “I thought our record wasn’t necessarily indicative of the kind of team we had. We had some close games in there that I thought we could have pulled out. That experience coming into this year is definitely going to help them win some close games.”
While the result wasn’t what the team was hoping for last season, the Badgers were able to learn how to play with each other and come into this season more experienced not only as basketball players but as a unit.
“Since we have the same team as last year, our team chemistry is a lot stronger than it has been before,” Prescott High School Badgers senior guard Theresa Gutierrez said. “Now that we know how to play with each other, it’s easier to work our offense and guide each other during our defense.”
While much of the roster returns, the game plan will be different. Yoder mentioned the team spent the entire month of June at basketball camps on the weekend and leagues during the week working on a new offensive scheme.
“We put in a new offense this summer,” Yoder said. “They definitely got a lot of reps with it. We’re still not where we need to be but it’s going in the right direction.”
However, similar to last year will be the speed of the offense.
“We definitely have a lot of speed this year,” Badgers sophomore forward Alisa LeBlanc said. “Our height is not as tall as we were last year but we still have a lot of height and I think our defense is very strong.”
“We’re looking for more reps in our offense and just really understanding the inside and outs of it,” Badgers senior guard Abby Chartier added. “Just really getting up the floor and being conditioned.”
The team will have plenty of time to continue building chemistry and learning the new schemes as the Badgers open with an invitational and spend the next week and a half in freedom games before the tough region action starts with squads like rival Bradshaw Mountain and the 2016 region champion Flagstaff Eagles.
“We definitely have a tough section, one of the toughest in the state,” Yoder said. “What I’m looking for in these tournaments and scrimmages is to show us our weakness and the things we need to work on. Kind of build in the right direction so by the time section games roll around, we are a little closer to where we need to be.”
The Badgers start the season on Friday, November 24th, at Desert Edge High School in the Scorpion Shootout against the Gila Ridge Hawks at 2 pm and the Payson Longhorns at 5 pm.