Returning Upper Perk senior Stacey Auckland tries to break through a pair of Christopher Dock defenders as she attempts to take a shot during a scrimmage Friday night.
Asked what his expectations were for his girls varsity basketball team in the 2012-13 season, Upper Perkiomen Head Coach Pete Sovia simply said, “To improve from last year.”
With a solid nucleus of returning players improving on last year’s record of 5-8 in the PAC-10, and 8-14 overall, should be a very obtainable goal. The quest will begin tomorrow at 6 p.m. when the Lady Indians travel to Upper Merion to face Conestoga in the Upper Merion Tip Off Tournament.
Last Friday the Tribe got a taste of competition when they hosted Christopher Dock in a scrimmage for both the JV and varsity squads. When it was over, Sovia talked a little bit about his team's strengths and some of the concerns his squad will face once the season begins.
“Leadership and experience will be a key positive," said Sovia. "We have five seniors (Stacey Auckland, Danielle Moser, Rachael Keeney, Kim Kachmar, and Danielle Marinelli) who have played together and should have good chemistry on the court. We also have a pair of juniors in Holly Crossin and Morgan Aldinger that will be key components. We have depth and experience and that should keep us in every game. We play 11 games in December that’s a concern. It will be important to get off to a good start and to stay healthy.”
In last Friday's scrimmage, the Lady Indians showed that experience as they forced more turnovers than they committed, held an edge in rebounds and had more scoring opportunities than the visitors.
More scoring opportunities, though, doesn’t necessarily mean more points, and if there was a glaring concern it was the Tribe's inability to put the ball in the basket.
Things started out on a high note as the team hit three of their first six tries from beyond the three point line, highlighted by back-to back nothing-but-netters from Kim Kachmar. Unfortunately, the team failed on their next 13 attempts, leaving them just 3–19 from three-point land.
In the paint the Lady Indians had little success as only Auckland appeared willing to do battle on the inside. In an offensive set that often saw four players behind the three-point line, the Tribe appeared willing to live or die by the three point shot.
“We struggle on the offensive end," said Sovia. "We need to find a way to score more. Whether it’s a hot hand and we simply make more shots or we do a better job inside we need to improve on the offensive side of the ball.”
We will find out tomorrow if another week of practice has help cure the offensive woes that seem to hamper the Lady Indians. If the Tribe can find a way to muster up enough offense to put a few more games in the win column this year, they may just be in the hunt for a taste of some postseason basketball .