Warriors still young, improving

#15, Central High School PG Tyler Hayes.


Central Warriors

Head coach: Mary Doane, second season

Last season: 5-17 overall, 1-9 SWL

Key players: Junior D’Kota Brodie (second-team All-SWL); junior Tyler Hays; junior Taryn Smith.

There’s certainly some growing left to do for the Central High School girls basketball team, with only one senior on the roster for the 2013 season.

But after a 5-17 record in 2012 with plenty of freshmen suiting up for the varsity squad, coach Mary Doane said the Warriors spent the offseason “learning the game.”

The knowledge is great, but Doane said the large junior class will need to transfer that knowledge to the court and commit to defense to be successful this season.

“We need to be able to play defense for four quarters,” Doane said. “We need to play defense for four quarters and see what happens. There were times last season where we put together quarters of solid defense but I don’t know if we ever had a complete game with defense all the way through.”

Heading the defensive effort are junior guards Tyler Hays and Taryn Smith, both of whom have played on the varsity the past two years.

Doane said the two guards can sometimes be overly concerned with offense, and that defense needs to be a priority.

“They’ve been working hard but I think they need to be concerned with defense and then they’ll have chances on the offensive end,” Doane said. “They’ve been playing together for awhile, and I guess they’re probably familiar with each other. That helps us.”

Another key contributor who improved during the offseason is D’Kota Brodie. The junior post, listed at 5-foot-8, developed her jump shot to make up for her lack of size.

“She’s craftier than other posts because she’s smaller than a lot of the other girls she’ll go up against,” Doane said. “I think she’s done a good job of adjusting to face those girls. She can be an asset for us on the outside as well as the inside and really, she just gets out there and works. That’s something that all these girls need to do.

“A lot of the team, for the most part, does work hard. We just need to make sure it happens every game, especially on defense.”

Doane said ultimately, she just wants to see her team improve this season.

“I just want to make sure that they’re getting better year-to-year and game-to-game,” Doane said. “I think we definitely have some improving to do.”


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