North Shore basketball teams look forward to improvements
Coach Tom Nelson gives a lot of credit to the Barnum Bombers, who won against the Agates last Tuesday 77-23. “They kept their foot on the gas pedal,” said Nelson.
But he said that his team is resilient and he’s focused on getting them to challenge themselves more. “We’re trying to get them away from setting the bar low,” Nelson said. “We’re better than we realize.”
He said that sometimes there are nights when the team is overpowered. Nelson wants the players to not accept it and improve to the point where they will say that they can compete against powerhouse teams.
Nelson is looking forwards to the game against the Wrenshall Wrens tonight. “It should be a good competitive game,” he said.
Agates girls’ basketball
The Two Harbors girls’ basketball team suffered a loss against the Barnum Bombers as well last Tuesday. Coach Brooke Chaffee said the Agates had a tough time scoring. “We really played well at the beginning of the game,” she said.
Chaffee said that she wants the team to improve on taking care of the ball and setting up their offense. She thought the Thursday night game against the Wrenshall Wrens would help her team get back on the winning side of things. “It’ll be important for us to get back into the swing of things and keep our confidence up,” she said.
Coach Rick Frericks said that despite losing 84-95 to the Ely Timberwolves Tuesday, it was “an exciting game” for the Silver Bay Mariners. “We were right in the game until the end,” he said.
Frericks said that returning players Henry Mitchell and Kyle Blood helped out quite a bit. “It’s making us a much better team,” he said. “We had guys coming back for the first time all season.”
While Frericks said that the Mariners’ “ceiling for improvement” is still high, he’s figuring out how to proceed for the rest of the season. “We’re looking at the play-offs, and getting ourselves to really play well by February and March,” he said. “We’re going to work really hard in practice and get ourselves into tournament form.”
Frericks said today’s game against Moose Lake will be a challenge. “The main goal is to be able to do the things that we want to do and not let Moose Lake dictate how we play,” he said.