Experience on court gives extra boost
ARLEE - With a strong senior-led squad, Arlee Scarlets Head Coach Bill Stockton is pleased with the amount of returning experience on this year’s team.
The Scarlets won their district championship last season and continued onto divisionals, finishing fourth. Stockton is hoping that this familiarity with each other on the court will help the girls make it further this season come tournament time.
“Our biggest strengths this year are our size and experience,” Stockton said. “We have all but two of our players back from our district championship team from last year.”
With one returning All-State athlete, Becca Whitesell, and three returning All-Conference players: Morgan Malatare, Carly Hergett, and Bryndle Goyins, this team is athletic and is going be a competitive force in their district, according to Stockton.
Whitesell and her coach agree that the teamwork also seems natural this year.
“Teamwork has been easy to come by since there are so many seniors,” Stockton said. “These girls are close. We have a tight team.”
Whitesell agreed the team is close, on and off the court.
“We are more of a family this year,” Whitesell added.
Although athleticism, experience, and teamwork are solid components of a winning program, Stockton believes there is still work to be done.
“We need to work on our rotations … (and) continuity on offense,” Stockton said. “We tend to rely just on our athleticism, which doesn’t always work.”
On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Arlee Scarlets added another win onto their current 11-2 record, beating St. Regis 51-23. Leading the team in their win was Ella Lindbergh with 12 points. Other key players were Hergett and Alyssia Vanderburg, each scoring nine points with Ashley Revis adding seven.
Whitesell and Revis have two specific goals they are working to accomplish by the end of the 2015-16 basketball season.
“We want to beat Plains,” Revis said. “We lost to them earlier this season, but we have more teamwork now than at the beginning of the season.”
The second? Make it to State.
“I know it is everyone’s goal to make it to State, but we really want to make this year count,” Whitesell added.
Stockton is hoping to see the squad’s hard work pay off at the end of the season.
“We have a great group of student athletes who have spent a lot of time in the gym throughout the summers and over the years,” Stockton said. “We are looking forward to the remainder of this year.”
The Scarlets travel to Darby Thursday, Feb. 4, for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Following Thursday’s game, Arlee hosts Noxon on Saturday, Feb. 6, for a 4:30 p.m. game.
St. Regis 23, Arlee 51
Arlee – Points: Ella Lindbergh 12, Carly Hergett 9, Alyssia Vandenburg 9, Ashley Revis 7, Megan Shick 4, Noelle West 2, Abby Yocum 2, Shaylee Perry 2, Morgan Malatare 2, and Bryndle Goyins 2.