11/14/2012 3:30:01 PM
Loup City Girls Look Ahead to Basketball Season
The Loup City girls' basketball team will look to continue a strong athletic year for the Red Raiders when they begin their season in two weeks. One big difference between volleyball and basketball this year is that they won't be in a sports cooperative this season. That may change after this year, following a successful volleyball season for Arcadia-Loup City.
While the numbers are down this year, the Red Raider girls will get a lot of opportunity to play. After not having any freshmen out for basketball last year and just 13 players out for basketball this year, Loup City will have some youth on this year's team and head coach Josh Asche is hopeful that there will even be a JV team this year. He says speed will be key for the varsity.
"We are much faster than we were last year, so we're looking to use that to our advantage and get out and get some more fast break opportunities. We were more of a half court offense last year," said Asche.
Headlining the freshman class is Jessica Eurek, who had a stellar volleyball season. Asche says she'll provide some good defensive help. Some other key contributors will be Sidney Harrington and Hanna Jakubowski. They will fill in with some good returning talent including senior Morgan McDonald and junior Alexa Goc. Goc was the only Loup City player to play in every game last season. The schedule isn't exactly kind, playing in the LouPlatte Conference with the likes of Wood River, Kearney Catholic, St. Paul, etc. but Coach Asche said he's looking for his team to fight.
"I approach it with the attitude that we can play with anyone but it's a little difficult sometimes for the girls when the see 6-2's and 6-3's across the board on some of those other teams, but we go out there and fight. I ask for their best and if that's what I get from them, I'm pretty pleased," said Asche.
Loup City opens their season at home November 29th against Anselmo-Merna.