Girls’ basketball prepares for Nettleton game


Senior Mary Capron shoots a basket at practice Dec. 7. The team plays Nettleton High School Dec. 15. Photo by Camryn Devore.

Emily Oba

With two wins starting off the season, one against St. Joseph’s Academy (55-32) and another over Hazelwood Central (45-40), the girls’ basketball team [2-1] will strive to continue its success when it faces off against Nettleton High School  (NHS) [5-0] in Waynesville, Mo, Saturday, Dec. 15.
With the new members on the team, the Bruins needed to develop a strong camaraderie to be effective in working together on the court. Head coach Jill Nagel sees a natural advantage to her team this year because of its connection and senior forward captains Maddie Collier and Mary Capron.
“Team chemistry is very strong this year,” Nagel said. “Our captains are great leaders on and off the court and set a great example.”
Junior guard Eryn Puett notes the Bruins are good with always staying positive and working well together. For the game against Nettleton, Puett says to get ready the team will practice every day.

“[We will] try and simulate what [Nettleton’s] offense and defense will look like so we will be more prepared for the game,” Puett said. “We all work really hard, and I think we will have a fun season just because how well the team gets along.”
Besides the positive mindsets, Collier says the Bruins have great speed and can use that to its advantage, yet have to be careful to stay controlled.
“I think our team goals this year [are] to play fast but controlled, share the ball more and no empty possessions,” Collier said. [We need to work on] looking inside to the post.”
In early November, Nagel said the Bruins set a number of goals at their retreat, designed to help them win the game.
As the team gears up to play NHS in Waynesville,, the Bruins will correct team plays and individual weak spots in offense as well as watch films of their opponents to enhance defense.
“We will gather as much film as we can and put together a detailed scouting report [on the other team],” Nagel said. “[One thing we need to work on are] box outs and rebounding.”
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