Balance the key for Lady Saints basketball
EDWARDS – For the last three years, the rule about Vail Christian girls basketball was simple – as Rachel Glandorf goes, so go the Saints.If Glandorf explodes with 30 points, the Saints win. Glandorf has an off night, the Saints lose.This year with Glandorf now a senior, the task is to put some talent around her, and new Saints coach Paul Doughty feels he’s got the personnel.
“We’re trying to teach them a different kind of basketball, aggressive defense, fast break basketball,” Doughty said. “We’ve got some good shooters. Hannah Morris has outstanding ball-handling. Megan (Doughty) is a solid 3-point shooter. Kira Burner has outstanding defense. Lauren (Mutter)’s a good outside shooter. I’m just trying to get them to understand team basketball.”So balance will be the key for the Lady Saints in 2004-05.Glandorf will be at her traditional post position, joined by sophomore Danielle Cavanaugh, giving the Saints some height in the paint. Megan Doughty, Paul’s daughter, is at the post. Amanda Larson is penciled in at the two-guard, and Hannah Morris will be the swing man.
Off the bench, it’s Mutter, Burner, and Jill Shainholtz. The Saints will get an added boost in January when Kelly Verderber, a transfer, becomes eligible.”They’re trying to work on completely new items, how to play new defenses, how to press,” Paul Doughty said. “It’s taken some time. It just depends on how they come together and how the injuries affect us.”The biggest problem on the health front these days is the flu, which has run rampant through the team in the early going. Vail Christian has started the season 0-2 with losses to Ouray and Telluride. The Saints were scheduled to play Soroco Friday – no result was available as of press time – and host Grand Valley at St. Clare today at 2:30 p.m.
“I think the sky’s the limit this year, if we can start making our shots,” Doughty said. “I don’t think there’s anyone in our league to be scared of. We got outrebounded, but that’s why we’ve been working on that. But we’ve got some good shooters. We shot 22 percent for the two games. Ouch. I think we can compete with anybody. They just have to have confidence and believe in themselves.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or email@example.com.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.