|Lady Plainsmen plan to intimidate with height and depth|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Height and depth return to the Lady Plainsmen roster to gear them up for another crack at a district championship and trip to Lincoln in 2010-11.
Head Coach Chris Mestl (11th year, 215-92) can run four girls onto the floor who measure 5-foot-9 or taller.
Tanya Metcalf (5-foot-11) boasts the most skill and experience of the group, and will cause Perkins County opponents the most problems on both sides of the floor. With the ability to float teardrop jumpers through the net and also block shots, she starts as the team’s best all-around player.
“If we can use [all] this height to our advantage, both on the offensive end and the defensive end, it should help us win some basketball games,” Coach Mestl said.
Sister Shania Metcalf will likely flank Tanya in the post. The Lady Plainsmen will count on the 6-foot sophomore center to haul down rebounds and feed the basket with close-range shots.
At 5-foot-9, junior Tori Osler will provide mid-range shooting for the team. Osler can also pull the ball down and make her way to the backboard with her quickness and dribbling skill.
Both Shania Metcalf and Matisyn Humphrey made an impression by gaining meaningful varsity minutes as freshmen last year. The Lady Plainsmen will rely on Humphrey’s strength and toughness for some rebounds. She can drop in shots from the field and run the transition offense as well.
Junior Kristin Beck takes the controls for the first time as Perkins County’s prime ball-handler. Beyond her ability to navigate the arc and distribute passes, Beck can catch and shoot from either side of the arc.
The only senior on the team, Jessica Day will occupy the other guard spot for the 2010-11 Lady Plainsmen. Don’t despise the size: at 5-foot-3, Day fears no contact and will take more than her share of rebounds as well. Day remains the last player link to the 2007 state championship team.
Coach Mestl favors a seven-player rotation, and underclassmen guards Jessi Hoffert, Michi Prante and Shalee Pollard will take the floor. Hoffert and Prante can dribble and shoot; Pollard demonstrates strength in grabbing rebounds and driving to the basket.
The girls’ schedule mirrors the boys’, with both teams starting the season with a two-game homestand that brings Maxwell and Hershey to Grant. Both the boys and girls teams will travel to Kimball, Sidney and Cozad this season. The boys play Hershey twice, once at the beginning of the season and once at the end. Ogallala visits on December 21.