After starting the season 0-2, the Minneola Wildcats girls basketball team has won three straight. Overall, the team is now 3-2.
The most recent win came against Satanta Tuesday night by a score of 63-38.
“I’m pretty proud actually,” Minneola head girls basketball coach Morgan McClaren said. “I was pretty proud last night. They are just improving each game, we’re fixing the little things which is great, we still have a lot to improve but they’re progressing which is great.”
Senior Taryn Berger had 23 points in the win, while senior Halie Harrington, sophomore Jaden Pfaff and sophomore Grace Lang all had eight points.
The recent wins have come in part because McClaren said the team is adapting to the new ways the team operates and plays this season.
“I think they’re getting more used to the new program that they’re a part of and just my coaching style, so I think they’re kind of getting used to that so I think that’s helping,” McClaren said.
McClaren said she generally rotates eight girls in any given game. All eight of them scored at least two points Tuesday night. Having so many players contribute can help the team significantly.
“It’s great because I don’t have to rely on just one or two people,” McClaren said. “They’re all contributing to the team and to the game and I think that’s great.”
Besides being helpful for the coach, it also takes pressure off other players, McClaren said.
“It can spread (pressure) out and they all feel like they’re all in it together finally when they all are contributing,” McClaren said.
Despite winning Tuesday, the team has been practicing this week knowing their next task is to try ending Pawnee Heights’ undefeated season. The Tigers will enter Friday’s game 4-0 this season.
The Minneola Wildcats girls basketball team faces the Pawnee Heights Tigers Friday night at Minneola High School.