Boyne City girls focused on generating more scoring chances in 2021-22
BOYNE CITY – The Boyne City girls’ basketball team didn’t have many problems on the defensive end of the court this past season.
Her mistake, especially at the beginning of the season, was putting points on the board.
In Adam Stefanski’s first season, who led the college girls’ squad, the Ramblers kept their opponents under 40 in 11 of their 16 games and under 30 in eight games.
The problem was that they also scored under 40 in nine games.
So it’s no surprise that as the 2021-22 season begins, one of the biggest goals is to fix those offensive issues, look better, and get more points on the board.
“It depends on how well we grow together as a team and how well we mesh,” said Stefanski. “I think we’re going to be very strong defensively because they are a sporty group of kids but it will be about how well we move from defense to offense. Our ability to get more points on the board. “
Despite some of those offensive fights for Boyne City, the Ramblers still set an overall record of 10-6 while winning nine of their last 10 regular season games, falling on the track only against Traverse City St. Francis.
Then the points problems came back in the districts with another narrow loss of three points, while the 35 points on the scoreboard were not reached.
So far, Stefanski has seen a lot of feedback in correcting these issues and improving as a team while also buying into what he is selling in the sophomore year.
“I was very happy,” he said. “They work extremely hard and are a very talented group of kids. You buy into the system. I’ve been running the same system at the university level for 12 years and they have completely adjusted to it and are beginning to understand why we are doing what and why. “
Stefanski will bring five back to the varsity level, including Seniors Grace Dawson, Harley Cadarette and Lydia Frasz, and Juniors Morgan Deming and Reagan Woodall.
There’s also a solid junior varsity group that set a 14-0 record under coach Chuck Day last season, including Ava Maginity, Maddy Smith, Braylyn Rincon and Elly Day on the guard.
That guard position will be one of the key areas of preseason for Stefanski as he seeks to find players who can step up in the absence of a large tiered guard class.
“We have willing and able guards, it’s just a matter of finding the right ones for the right jobs,” he said. “We have 13-14 in college so the game time will be very long. So the point is for them to interfere in the mantra, their roles may be different, but their status is the same. So far they have been doing very well, now they just have to find out the specific roles. “
Much of the goals are scored by Dawson and Deming at the offensive end of the floor, with Dawson returning to their more natural position off the post and Deming putting in a lot of work in the off-season.
“We hope to be able to use Grace as a shooter much more often this year,” said Stefanski. “She’s a very strong outside scorer and had to play a lot from her position in the post last year to help us. We’ll be able to use them a lot more this year.
“Morgan invested a lot of time in the off-season. It’s got a size, it’s starting to be more physical, and on top of that, it really worked on its exterior shot. “
Boyne City has had college-level girls’ basketball athletes for years, although basketball was a secondary sport for most.
As the sports director and headmistress of the school, Stefanski senses that things are gradually changing for the girls’ circles, that the number is growing and that a lot of work is put into the summer months.
Good news for a team that wants to tackle the next jump offensively in 2021/22.
“We had a really strong summer and we ran a summer league to make a lot of games,” said Stefanski. “We have strong numbers, including a newcomer team that nobody else does in our league apart from a school.
“It’s just about finding ways to offend half the court. We are on the right track, but it will be a learning curve. “
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