December 18, 2008

Definite learning experience

Practice makes perfect is the tried and true learning strategy most coaches like to use. Practice, practice, practice. But Center-Stanton have been so busy playing that they’ve missed out on practice time to get all the young players on the same page. But with two games the opening week and a holiday tournament all this past week, the Wildcats have been getting in basketball mood.

"Just need more practice time. We went through stretches where we don’t get to see the floor a lot," head coach Michael Bergstrom said.

Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock 64, Center-Stanton 34

On the first day of action for the New Salem Invitational Dec. 9, the Wildcats were pitted against Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock, a top 10 ranked team. C-S played well to move and hustle but they dug themselves into a 15-point hole after the first quarter down 20-5.

The Wildcats recovered and had nearly even scoring the rest of the way to come within 13 points in the third quarter, led by Spanky Clayton with 15.

However, HMB, led by Samantha Fettig with 27 points, drained 10 unanswered points late in the fourth quarter for the 64-34 final.

"We’re trying to shuffle people around," Bergstrom said. "We’re just trying to find the best group."

New Salem 42, Center-Stanton 33

C-S was matched up with host New Salem the second day of the weeklong tournament in a contest that will surely play out several times this season. And after a team discussion about the previous games, the Wildcats knew where they needed to be but couldn’t seem to get their feet to catch up to their thoughts as they were called for several traveling violations early to slow offense.


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