As of Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Grangeville’s volleyball team found room on the floor for Kate Lutz earlier this fall, and the girls basketball varsity is following suit this winter.
With six who figured prominently last year off to their adult lives, coach Michelle Barger is looking for players like Lutz and Mikayla Ruzicka to step up.
“We’re the only two juniors on the team,” Lutz said. “We’ve been playing together since we were in fifth grade and we have a good sense of what each other are doing.”
Lutz said making the leap to the varsity level has come with higher-intensity practices — which in part follows from Barger’s style.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking,” she said of the step up from JV. “I’m a little nervous, and a little excited.”
From the JV season last year, she and the squad as a whole made gains in shooting.
“By the end of the season we were all shooting better from all over the floor,” she said, “ and we were pushing the ball up the floor better than we started.”
That fits with Barger’s preference for playing with an up-tempo pace.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Lutz said. “At the beginning it was a little different. We do a lot more drills with more running, instead of doing a lot of running all at the end. We do more shooting drills instead of running through plays. We run through plays, but it’s more like a scrimmage.”
Lutz pencils in as a wing at the varsity level, having played point guard as well as post with the JV last year.
First up for Grangeville is a big test: reigning 1AD1 state champion Lapwai will visit GHS this Thursday.
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