The Cimarron Bluejays girls basketball team has opened the season 1-1 through two games this year.
Head coach David Ediger said the team lost their first game against Ulysses by a score of 49-26.
“On Friday against Ulysses we really struggled,” Ediger said. “Usually our teams play really well, the first week we’re ready to go.”
Part of it has been that the team had a lot of players missing at various points ahead of the game, causing the team to only have four practices with its entire team together Ediger said.
“We didn’t play very well,” Ediger said. “We couldn’t score. We didn’t defend very well and we turned it over 34 (or) 35 times. So that game was not a good game at all for us.”
Point guard is one position the team brought little experience at into the season, Ediger said.
“Taylor Jantz can go play it, but I’d like to keep her over at the two because she’s such a good shooter and that’s where we’d like to have her play,” Ediger said.
The team is still progressing though. Ediger said 5 foot, 4 inch junior guard Olivia McFadden and 5 foot, 6 inch sophomore guard are starting to take that position over.
“They’re getting better, it’s just gonna take some game time for them to get in on a varsity level and get some game time on that level to really make strides,” Ediger said.
Two games in, the team is already showing some improvement, Ediger said. In their first game as part of the Cimarron Invitational, the school’s home tournament, Cimarron played Satanta on Monday, and won 67-34.
“We took care of the ball much better, we rebounded much better, we shot the ball better,” Ediger said. “(In) the first game when we had open shots it just didn’t go in, and it wasn’t even tough defense, we just didn’t make any shots the other night.”
There was quite a bit of improvement Ediger said, but the team still has work to do.
In addition to converting better on turnovers, the team made other improvements, such as committing fewer turnovers and rebounding better. By doing those things, the Lady Jays missed out on fewer opportunities to score in the second game than they had in the first.
“The other night we kept our turnovers down and just did a lot of the little things right and we looked a lot better,” Ediger said.
The team continues its home tournament with a game against the South Gray Rebels tonight at 6 p.m. in the High School Gym. The winner of that game will play tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. against the winner of Meade versus Sublette, which happens at 3 p.m. today.