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Lady Titans developing best practices before district play

JASPER (13-3) AT MEMORIAL (1-9)

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL; 7 P.M. FRIDAY, MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL

 

In a little less than two weeks the Memorial Lady Titans play their first District 21-5A game at Nederland High School.

There are still a lot of kinks to work out, head coach Kevin Henry said, but a lot of those kinks are minor things that are correctable.

“I think it’s just going to take a little more time,” Henry said. “I reckon it’s not where we wanted to be right now but we played some good competition. And hopefully we’re we’ve learned so we can improve and we’ll be ready for district.”

The Titans’ next game will be against Jasper at 7 p.m. Friday in Port Arthur. Memorial played a scrimmage against The Bulldogs on Nov. 2 that ended in a 69-17 Jasper win. The Bulldogs have since grown their pile of wins, defeating Livingston on Saturday 85-20.

“I think they built off of last year, so their experience has carried over,” Henry said. “They’re a talented group and they’ve been winning this year. They’ve been putting up nice numbers, and it’s going to be a game that we’re going to have to play for 32 minutes in order to have a chance to win.”

The Titans will need to tighten up their ball control and make more baskets against a Bulldog team that’s fast and confident. Henry says if the Titans keep up play for the whole 32 minutes they’ll have a chance.

“They’re going to put pressure on you for 32 minutes and they’re a scrappy bunch,” Henry said. “They have good chemistry, so it’s going to be a challenge, but I think if we start out well we’ll be able to compete for the whole game.”

For this game, and going forward, the Titans will be focusing on limiting the turnovers that have held them back in previous games and building confidence in their shooting.

“We have a lot of turnovers and we have to have more confidence in our shooting,” Henry said. “We’re getting good looks, they’re just not falling right now, and as we all know shooters are supposed to keep shooting and eventually those shots will start falling, they’re just not falling right now.”

Most of all the team will work on communication. Henry said his team is playing as a committee right now, with a different player leading in scoring or rebounds most nights. He believes that as soon as the team starts communicating and building chemistry, everyone will be on the same page and the team will see more consistent results.

The team has been reviewing film and trying to fine tune their game and continue to get better.

“We have two weeks basically, so we still have a lot of work but it’s minor stuff so it’s just being more vocal, communicating more and just bringing more intensity,” Henry said.