Daily goals helping BHS girls improve
A simple goal of improving one day at a time is one entity Baldwin High School coach Bob Martin has tried to instill on his girls' basketball team during his second year at the helm.
Early season practices can be tough on players as they try to remember offensive and defensive schemes, while trying to play at a high intensity. This is one reason Martin sets small goals for his girls during the first few weeks of practice.
"We are improving each day we are out there," Martin said. "It's going pretty well. The girls are picking things up quick and it helps that we return many players. We are hoping to put in just enough for the first game."
Senior Katie Frank agreed that the Bulldogs are working to get better at practice every day.
"I think things are going well," Frank said. "We are improving every day. It's good so far."
One aspect of the game that the BHS girls are trying to improve from last year is their offense. In the sub-state championship game, Baldwin only made two field goals as it lost to Iola.
The Bulldogs have changed a few areas of the offense this year.
"We changed some of our offense a little bit," Frank said. "It's basically the same, but with a few minor changes."
Martin knows BHS had problems putting up points a year ago, but he looks to change that this winter.
"We struggled with scoring last year," Martin said. "We will be a good shooting team this year and bringing Kelsey (Verhaeghe) back is a good start. We also hope to score more in transition this year."
One disadvantage the Bulldogs might have this season is a lack of size in the paint. They return junior Ashley Tucker and senior Becca Stroman, but the height problem might cause defensive problems.
"We are not going to be big this year at all," Martin said. "We will be good in the post, but not big. We will have to pressure the perimeter on defense to prevent the ball from entering the post."
Baldwin doesn't play its first game until Dec. 4, but it will host a scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baldwin Junior High School gym.
"I'm really excited for the first game," Frank said. "If we all go out and try hard as a team, we should do pretty well."