Coach Adrian Thompson said the players on the Englewood High School girls basketball team have a lot of heart and have worked hard to learn and implement the new program she introduced this season.
“The new coaching staff will be emphasizing basketball fundamentals so we can implement an up tempo style in order to compensate for the lack of height on our team,” she said. “I have some leaders with varsity experience and that will help. Also we are a team with a lot of quickness and speed. So, we’ll use our quickness and speed to push the ball up the court on offense and play aggressive defense.”
The Pirates worked against their first opponent Nov. 19 in a scrimmage against Skyline and they open the season at home Dec. 4 against Denver North.
Englewood will have a varsity and a JV team this season so home dates will be double headers. The JV game will start at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity tipoff is scheduled at about 7:15. Home games are played in the Englewood High School field house and a single ticket is good for both games.
The coach said her plan is to have the players at the high school use her system and she also plans to introduce the system at the middle school and elementary school levels.
“We will work with those teams, helping the players develop good basketball fundamentals and our style of play,” the coach said. “I hope working at those levels will encourage athletes and help them prepared to join us when they come to Englewood High School and play for the Pirates.
As the coach noted, the Pirates have several returning letter winners on this year’s team including Mason Brainard, Kadie Kavinsky, Miranda Holman and Julia Kline. Coach Thompson said the veterans will probably be starters. However, she said, because of the up tempo style, she expects to make frequent substitutions to keep fresh players on the court so many younger players will see time in the varsity games.
Kadie Kavinsky, a returning starter, said she is glad to be back on the basketball court.
“I love basketball and it’s an exciting year because we are building the foundation of a new program,” the junior said. “I look to bring some leadership to the team and to help make this team like a family.”
She said the team knows that most likely every opponent they face will have a height advantage.
“We do have good quickness and speed so we need to use those talents to push the ball quickly up the court,” she said.
“We have to establish position to get rebounds. We also are shooting from outside pretty well and, as we practice, we are getting better.”
Kavinsky said this will be a difference for her this season because she is designated as a shooting guard.
“This is my first season as a shooting guard so I’ll have to focus on taking and making more shots,” she said. “That is different role for me but I think it’ll be fun and I’m looking forward to the start of the season.”