Coach wants Mariner to be aggressive on offense | Girls basketball
Last updated 7/17/2019 at Noon
The Mariner girls basketball team is putting in the work this spring and summer.
The Marauders played in two tournaments in June and have been hosting practices at the high school.
The goal, second-year coach Jamie Gepner said, is to have all the players familiar with the system so the team is ready to roll when the season kicks off this winter.
â€śWe want to get as many underclassmen up to speed, so we can take off from where we ended last season,â€ť Gepner said.
One of the main areas of focus is on Marinerâ€™s biggest weakness Â– scoring, or more accurately, the lack of scoring. The Marauders averaged only 23 points per game last season. The paucity of baskets definitely contributed to the teamâ€™s 2-17 overall record.
â€śWeâ€™re doing lots of shooting and ball handling,â€ť Gepner said.
Gepner and her staff also are encouraging the players to simply take more shots.
â€śWe need to get more shots off and take advantage when they have an advantage,â€ť Gepner said.
If a player has a step on her defender, Gepner wants her to be aggressive to the basket.
An improved offense will only help the rest of Marinerâ€™s game.
â€śIf we can score, we can do more,â€ť Gepner said. â€śWe want to extend our defense, especially with the speed weâ€™re going to have.â€ť
The Marauders are hoping to have good overall team speed, as theyâ€™re losing most of their height.
Mariner graduated two of their key big people Â– Yuni Septimo-Ruiz, a 5-foot-11 center, and Melissa Pere, a 5-9 center.
â€śWe donâ€™t have a lot of height coming in,â€ť Gepner said. â€śWeâ€™re going to have to replace them with smaller girls with a lot of speed.â€ť
Mariner returns an experienced backcourt in senior point guard Melissa Chantha and senior guard Dasia Kim.
â€śMelissa is a big leader, both on the floor and off the floor. Sheâ€™s a real good influence on people, getting them to hustle,â€ť Gepner said. â€śDasia is a strong shooter.â€ť
Gepner also is looking to senior Tina Duangmani, a returning 5-9 post, for leadership.
â€śWe have a good group of seniors for next year,â€ť the Mariner coach said. â€śWe have good core players to build around.â€ť
A major challenge for Gepner is trying to figure out the exact makeup of the roster.
â€śWeâ€™re still unsure. Some of the girls might be elsewhere,â€ť Gepner said. â€śItâ€™s a tough thing at Mariner. Oftentimes the group is different from year to year. Thatâ€™s a little tough, not knowing what weâ€™ll have.â€ť
But those players who have been out consistently in the spring and summer have shown a lot of potential.
â€śWeâ€™re excited to see what they can do,â€ť Gepner said. â€śTheyâ€™ve been putting a lot of time in this summer.â€ť