Rams’ girls hoopers are hungry for state
CARBONDALE, Colo. – A thrilling 15-point comeback tied the score with only a few minutes left in one of Class 3A’s regional championships. The Roaring Fork girls basketball team had come so far, but in the end, St. Mary’s won and the Rams’ season was over.As exciting as the 2005 finale was for the Rams, it left a bitter taste in their mouths. Roaring Fork’s 2006-07 squad has seven players, including lone returning starter Celeste Commings, who were either on the floor or watching from the bench during that game. This season third-year coach Kirk Cheney is hoping what his players learned in that game can take them even farther this season.”These girls coming up got a taste of (playing in the postseason), and they understand what it takes to get there,” Cheney said. “They understand what you can do and what you can get done when you come together and put your mind to it.”One of last year’s returners, Taylor Wagner, will be the lone senior on the team, but will be joined by such veterans as Rebecca Roeber, Nicole Smeins and Heather Seabald.Seabald, a 5-foot-8-inch junior, will be handling the starting post responsibilities, but with 5-foot-10 Elley McBrayer and 5-foot-11 Jade Bath moving up from junior varsity, the Rams will have some height.”Sometimes we’ll have bad matchups, but we’ll cause a lot of bad matchups as well because we are pretty even across the board,” Cheney said.A strong presence in the paint will be complemented by the speed and 3-point-draining abilities of Commings, who will be running things from the point.”The whole team atmosphere is really exciting this year,” Cheney said. “Celeste has matured. All the girls have really matured this year and are looking to come into their own.”That being said, Cheney revamped his whole game plan. He has now built it around his players and will first test it at the Brenda Patch Tournament this weekend when the Rams face Class 4A Battle Mountain and Steamboat.”About 80 percent of what we are going to do is new this year,” Cheney said.Cheney hopes to get some wins before Western Slope League play begins, to help build some confidence in the young team.”We started slow last year – went 3-4 in the first games then ended up 17-7, Cheney said. “We missed going to state by just a little bit.”Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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