Glencoe girls picking up the pace
Things are going to look a little bit different for this year's Glencoe girls' basketball team.
Gone is 6-foot post Izzy Womack. But what remains is a smaller, faster and more athletic Tide team that second-year head coach Kassi Conditt hopes will offer an exciting, competitive and successful squad in the newly formed Pacific Conference.
"We've got a lot of new faces," Conditt said. "They'll be some growing pains early on as the girls learn to work together, but it's a competitive group and I think we have a chance to be in the thick of things in this league."
The Tide — who finished fourth in the Metro League last season — return point guard and second-team All-Metro standout Morgan DeBord, and will also lean on senior guard Jensen Becker and junior forward Sydney Larrison. Conditt said DeBord and the sharpshooting Becker will key their more uptempo style, and that Larrison, despite her taller stature, will compliment the new approach both in the post and on the perimeter.
"Sydney's long and has a nice hook shot, but she also still allows us to run," said the coach. "Those three we'll really lean on offensively."
Glencoe rolled in an opening-night 59-20 win over Sprague, and the Tide were relatively successful in a first attempt to play their new style of ball.
"The girls are still learning how to work together, but I thought we moved the ball pretty well," Conditt said. "We need to work on being patient in our offense, because we're playing quicker this year. The girls are new to each other, so they're figuring out who's going to be taking the shots. They're working out ways to make each other successful, but ultimately I think we're going to run the floor well."
In addition to DeBord, Becker and Larrison, Coach Conditt expects a nice spark from sophomore guard Bella Martinez, who despite limited varsity experience, offers an exciting option off the bench for the Tide.
"Bella was our leading scorer in our first game," said the coach. "She provides quite a spark and is a tenacious player. I'm looking forward to watching her and I'm sure she'll be fun for people to watch."
Conditt said her team has high goals and that they want to win the league, but she was also quick to point out that while possible, it certainly isn't guaranteed, and the Tide will need to work exceptionally hard if they want to make that a reality.
"It's going to be a tough league," Conditt said. "Liberty has a solid group coming back, Century returns almost everyone, and Sherwood, McMinnville and Forest Grove all had solid teams last year, so we're not overlooking anyone. ... This group has potential to make it to the playoffs, but where we'll go is yet to be determined."