Doane takes over a Central team with potential
They were one of the most improved basketball teams in the valley toward the second half of last season. Then Central girls basketball head coach Todd Dixon took a coaching job at Cherokee Trail High School
Now it’s Mary Doane’s turn.
She inherits a team dominated in numbers by underclassmen who improved last season, winning three straight games in February and, in their final game against Grand Junction, a 60-41 loss, the Warriors were in tears because they had expected to beat the league-champion Tigers, Dixon said at the time.
Doane returns senior guard Jordan Eller and 5-foot-8 senior Robbi Termentozzi, a post and guard. Junior Shanelle Southam returns with varsity experience. From there, Central is loaded with sophomores, notably Amanda Etcheverry, D’kota Brodie, Taryn Smith and Tyler Hays.
Brodie, as a freshman, was third on the team last season in scoring (4.8 points per game) and second in rebounding (4.8). She was first in total rebounds with 100.
Hays, a point guard, showed flashes with her speed, ball-handling ability and scrappiness.
Doane said Central also has a lot of potential with its shooting ability. Last season, Eller hit 21 3-pointers and Hays netted eight. Brodie and Smith also are capable shooters, Doane said.
Central lost point guard Brittany Hoppe, who hit 17 3-pointers — six in one game — and led the team with 10.6 points per game. She now is playing softball at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
But Doane is defensive minded.
“If you look at my teams in the past,” Doane said, “we always had defensive teams.”
The past three years, Doane was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Colorado Mesa University. Seven years prior to that, she was the head coach at Durango High School, a stint that included two Sweet 16 state playoff appearances.
Go farther back, and there’s a deep valley connection. Doane, who played college ball at Fort Lewis, is a Palisade High School graduate.
“Mary’s going to make that team better,” Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said. “With her coaching, they’re going to be good.”
Doane said her ideal team at Central is one that, first and foremost, cares about each other. “They play for each other and they play hard,” she said. “And toward the end of the season, they’ve played to their max potential.”
Doane, of course, is still learning about her players. She noticed this much in practices: They are hard workers.
Eller, who averaged 8.9 points last season, will be one of the leaders.
“Jordan has been around from the beginning,” Doane said, “and she really has a great attitude. I think she’ll really be a great senior for these younger kids.”