Glencoe boys and girls ready for 2019-20 season
And they're off.
The Glencoe Crimson Tide boys and girls basketball teams opened the season this past week with mixed results. The boys dropped a relatively close opener with Reynolds 69-61 Wednesday, Dec. 4, while the girls dominated David Douglas 75-40 Thursday, Dec. 5, at Glencoe High School.
But while both schools return their share of impact players, both also are poised to be a bit different in the 2019-20 season.
"This year I believe our scoring will be more balanced, coming from several different players," Glencoe girls head coach Kassi Conditt said. "We will miss some on court leadership and experience from last year's seniors, but we have young, hardworking kids who are ready to step into those roles."
Gone is last season's conference Player of the Year, point guard Morgan DeBord, along with fellow seniors Jensen Becker, Elizabeth Anderson, Sydney Larrison, Alyssa Vandehey and second team all-leaguer Breauna Van Dyke. But in their place will be a handful of seasoned returners, in addition to some up-and-comers who Conditt believes are ready to inherit bigger and better roles.
Two of those returners are seniors Mallory Confer and Brianna Ball, along with junior guard Bella Martinez.
"Bella (Martinez) is healthy this year and will definitely make a difference for us," Conditt said. "Mallory (Confer) will contribute for us, as well as Brianna Ball. Both of them will need to take on a bigger scoring roles this season."
In addition, the coach indicatedd intrigue regarding two newcomers to this year's varsity: 6-foot-1 junior post Jayda Lee and 6-foot senior Jolanda Weisboeck. Both will play meaningful minutes for the Tide this year said Conditt.
Without the star power of DeBord, Conditt believes this year's squad's strength will lie in its continuity, along with a heightened level of coachability, while its weakness could be inexperience with each other on the court.
"They are extremely coachable and supportive of each other, and that's definitely a strength," she said. "While our weakness will lie in our overall team inexperience with game time."
The coach believes McMinnville will be a team to reckoned with this season, while Liberty might just be the team to beat as the result of a strong returning unit with a nice mixture of guards and posts.
"Liberty's squad looks solid this season," Conditt said. "Their guards are very skilled and competitive and they have a good post presence with a strong new addition."
And what does she expect from her girls? Effort, primarily something that may have cost them on a couple of occasions last season.
"My expectation is that we give our best effort every night and that we are in control of our own fate," Conditt said. "There were some games last season [where] I thought we let other teams dictate the tempo of the game and therefore the outcome of the game. If they stay together and work hard, I will be happy."
Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide boys start anew under first-year head coach Kevin Bloodsaw, who previously spent seven years coaching at Life Christian here in Oregon, along with the past several years coaching at the club level and helping out with the Glencoe boys youth and high school programs.
Bloodsaw takes over a program that struggled to a 2-22 overall record last season, but with 12 seniors, the coach hopes that a heightened level of chemistry and effort will lead to more wins this year.
"I expect our entire team to be an impact," Bloodsaw said. "We cannot rely on one person alone and it has to be a team effort every game."
And it was in their opener against Reynolds. The Tide had three who scored in double digits, including Grayson Landon and Michael Janeway, leading the team with 14 points apiece, while Korben Schaumburg added 12.
The coach believes the team's strength will be in its chemistry and defensive pressure. He also cited overall trust as a potential obstacle to their success, simply based on a certain level of inexperience within the system.
Overall, the coach is just excited for the season, and the opportunity to coach this group of kids.
"My expectations are that we play as a team and play with heart and passion every game," he said. "I am excited about the team we have and I will do everything I can to get the most out of them the entire season."
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