Beulah girls basketball needs time, confidence going through a rebuilding year
The Beulah girls basketball team is going through an extreme makeover after graduating four senior starters from last year. The Miners have one part-time starter returning -- senior Elizabeth Walsh -- but are otherwise looking for younger players...
The Beulah girls basketball team is going through an extreme makeover after graduating four senior starters from last year.
The Miners have one part-time starter returning - senior Elizabeth Walsh - but are otherwise looking for younger players to step up this season.
“We’re building the rebuild,” head coach Mary Hoherz said. “We were pretty senior heavy last year, so we’re looking to fill roles. Right now, I’m looking at starting some a freshman, a sophomore, a few juniors, so we’re rebuilding. It’ll be nice to have a couple years with them, but we’ll take some lumps.”
Along with Walsh - “She’s very quick, and we hope she can lead our team,” Hoherz said - the Miners will look for quality minutes from junior Abrielle Schantz and freshman Erin Walcker.
“Abby Shantz will be really strong inside. She’s developed a lot of confidence and toward the end of the season, she did some really good rebounding for us,” Hoherz said. “Erin Walcker came up as an eighth-grader and played a little last year. She’s going to have her freshman moments, but she’s turned into such a basketball player.”
The Miners anticipate having a rounded lineup so that several players can get some valuable playing time.
“We’re looking at going about eight or nine deep,” Hoherz said. “Dayton Keltner, a sophomore, Hannah Baranick, a junior, Hunter Keller, a junior, Alyssa Bjornson, that’s a girl that’s come around since she was a freshman. Her hands have gotten better, her footwork has gotten better. She’ll see some minutes and the experience will be good for her too.”
With few players who have played meaningful minutes, Hoherz has focused a lot on building chemistry and fundamental aspects of the game.
“We did some summer team camps, and they know where they’re at,” she said. “We’re being realistic with where we’re at. We’re absorbing things and learning. It’s just that experience that they’re going to have to gain. They’re young. We can get some things straightened out this year, and next year we’ll be sitting with some good confidence. They just need time.”
Head coach: Mary Hoherz (11th season)
Last year: 9-14 overall
Returners: Elizabeth Walsh, Sr., G.; Abbrielle Schantz, Jr., F; Hunter Keller, Jr., F; Hannah Baranick, Jr., F; Dayton Keltner, Soph., F; Alyssa Bjornson, Soph., F; Erin Walcker, Fr., G.
Newcomers: Emily Alt, Soph., G; Maddie Weigum, Fr., F; Torie Horning, Soph. F.