Marian girls basketball looks for consistency in new season – The Woodstock Independent.com

November 30, 2011 – 618 words Marian girls basketball looks for consistency in new seasonJAY SCHULZ – The Woodstock Independent Emma HusseyMarian’s Shannon Wuensch shoots the ball against Richmond-Burton Nov. 17. The Rockets defeated Marian 52-47.The Marian Central Catholic High School girls varsity basketball team struggled to find consistency last season, finishing with a record of 6-21. A new season and four senior starters make the prospect of a better season more likely for the Lady ’Canes and second-year head coach Jackie Budmayr.Budmayr has coached her seniors since they were sophomores — she was previously the sophomore coach — and she is excited with what they are bringing to the floor this season.“I’ve had this group as sophomores and juniors, and I couldn’t wait to get them to this level, because they are the most coachable, hard-working kids, and the chemistry among them is phenomenal,” Budmayr said. The team captains are seniors Susan Piggot, Shannon Wuensch, Caitlin McKenna and Simone Awe. The fifth starter is junior point guard and soccer standout Robin Wenzel, who has really impressed Budmayr.“She brings her soccer skills to the court,” Budmayr said. “She is extremely quick. everyone else on the floor steps up their game when she is out there.”Wuensch, who plays guard and forward and led the team last year in scoring, averaging approximately 14 points per game, said she is ready to take on the leadership role.“Being a captain, I would really like to be able to lead the team and pull everyone together so we can play as a team, play as a ‘fist’ as coach [Budmayr] said,” Wuensch said. “We want to take it game by game, play together and focus on what we need to do.”The fist Wuensch refers to is the motto of the Duke University Blue Devils led by Coach Mike Krzyzewski, a reference to the five fingers of an open hand accomplishing little but a fist accomplishing much.“It’s really a team effort,” Budmayr said. “Our philosophy is the same as Coach K – the fist. I coach team basketball, and that is what they are playing.”One of the challenges for the Lady ’Canes is size, and Budmayr said the guards will be a key to the team’s success.“We have two to three post players, and they give us everything they have, but we don’t have a true center like back in the day that you center your game around,” Budmayr said. “We don’t have that, so when we get into some heavier competition, that will be our weakness.“Our true strength this year will be our speed and quickness with our guards. we have eight to nine guards and two to three post players. That’s going to be our game. we are going to score in transition. we are trying to play really solid defense with those guards, and that’s where we’ll get our turnovers and score.”Three games into the season, the Lady ’Canes are 2-1. One of the bright spots, according to Budmayr, has been the play of senior guard Amanda Salvi.Salvi said she believes much of the team’s improvement has come in defensive play and said she is looking forward to the rest of the season.“Last year wasn’t the best season; we only won six games,” Salvi said. “We all knew we had to make a lot of improvement. I think, so far, we have seen a lot of it. I think most of it comes from defense. There has been a lot of defensive improvement.“Playing with the team and seeing how much we have improved is awesome. I am looking forward to seeing how much we improve during the season.”The rest of the roster includes seniors Allison Kotleba and Constance Melchionna; juniors Katie Anderson, Ellen Koscielniak and Alissa Melchionna; and sophomores Brie Baumert and Angela Wuerger. 

Marian girls basketball looks for consistency in new season – The Woodstock Independent.com


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