Lady Indians see increase in talent, numbers
     2014-12-18      By Roger Holsinger   
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography - The Minatare girls basketball team struggled last year with fundamentals, but this year the team is practicing hard and looking to make an impact in the MAC. The team consists of, front row, left to right, Destiny Craig, Angelica Longoria, Franki Doty, Tristen Wecker and Amber McNees. Back row, Maddie Ross, Massie Goodteacher, Angela Mitchell, Emily Park and Ysenia Rameriz. Not pictured is Shania Taylor. 
MINATARE – For Head Coach Matt Korkow, the good news is that he has more players than last year and that the team can only get better this season.

The Lady Indians finished last season without a win and Korkow, who is starting his second year as head coach, said one of the problems his team faced last year was that many of the players lacked the basic fundamentals for the game of basketball.

“They really didn’t know the game, and the season was nowhere near where I had wanted to be,” he said.
But, last season is in the books and this year Korkow said he is excited about the potential his team has.

“I have a good squad of girls who are happy to be at practice, happy to have a team and happy that they have set goals for themselves and as a team,” he said.

The most experienced player is senior Angelica Longoria, who Korkow said will again be a player to lead. He added that Longoria and all the other starters have “made huge improvements” from last season.
The squad also returns senior Tristen Wecker and sophomores Destiny Craig, Franki Doty and Amber McNees. Someone that should make her impact felt is senior Angela Mitchell, who didn’t play last year, but is out this season. Mitchell has the size and strength to be a factor at both ends of the court.

The team also has some young talent stepping forward including freshmen Emily Park, Massie Goodteacher, Ysenia Rameriz, Maddie Ross and Shania Taylor.

He said their focus right now is to work on the team’s hustle, will and determination to be a better team and to improve each week.
Since beginning practices, Korkow said they have been focused on transition basketball at both ends of the court, the fast break and pushing the ball along with being able to see the whole court, making solid passes and cutting to the basketball.

“Something that was hard for me to understand last year was how this team could love the sport so much, but yet really didn’t understand it. So far this season that is not the case.”

In regards to the MAC competition, Korkow said that he expects Leyton, Creek Valley and Garden County to have strong teams and that he hopes his team will be in the middle of the pack.

“I really want to have the girls get a taste of victory because once they do that they’ll want to do that each week,” he said.
Like any other sport or activity, Korkow said that as a coach there is only so much he can do, and the rest has to come from the players.
“I am excited for the year and as long as the girls keep holding each other accountable, which is one of the team goals, then I think we’ll have a good year,” Korkow said.

Lady Indians Basketball Schedule

Dec. 19, 5 p.m. v. Arthur Co.
Jan. 10, 5 p.m. at Creek Valley
Jan. 13, 5 p.m. v. Garden Co.
Jan. 16, 6 p.m. at Morrill
Jan. 17, 5 p.m. at Banner Co.
Jan. 19, 5 p.m. MAC Conference TBA
Jan. 29, 5 p.m. at Leyton
Jan. 30, TBA at Leyton
Jan. 31, 5 p.m. v. Potter-Dix
Feb. 3, 2 p.m. at Hemingford
Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m. v Oelrichs, S.D.
Feb. 6, 4 p.m. v, Sioux Co.
Feb 13, 5 p.m. v Bayard.
Feb. 14, 5 p.m. at Hyannis
Feb. 17 TBA Subdistricts

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