Basketball notes: Snow puts a crimp in scheduling
City League athletic director J Means had a plan when Tuesday’s snowstorm canceled school and postponed basketball games one day.
His job got tougher after a second day without school.
“We’re getting into the latter part of the season, and it eliminates a lot of your options of when and where are we going to play,” Means said. “If this is December and we have two, three more months left in the season, it’s a little easier to figure out scheduling.”
All of Tuesday’s games will be played on Saturday, but not without a bit of wrangling.
Carroll and East both have dances Saturday night, so their girl-boy doubleheader will start at 2:45 p.m. Heights at North begins at 2:45, Northwest at West begins at 4:30, and Kapaun at South will start at 6.
Andover has had to reschedule its games at Salina Central twice. The doubleheader originally scheduled for Jan. 31 was postponed until Tuesday because of ice. But Tuesday’s snowstorm moved that game to Feb. 20.
“It’s not only having to make sure about the other activities that usually go on and the conflict it gives you, but also about matchups with your teams and giving them the best chance against opponents,” Riedy said. “If we play Thursday and then play Friday, you’re limited on practices. But ultimately, it’s about getting the game in.”
Andover’s long layoff — Andover plays at Andover Central on Friday night, but it will have been 13 days since the girls played in the Salina tournament and 14 since the boys played.
“We were really sluggish at practice on Monday,” Andover girls coach Max Hamblin said. “It wasn’t a great practice. We scrimmaged some freshman boys. I think it’s going to be a big factor.… It could be interesting. There’s a lot on the line.”
Andover, Andover Central and Eisenhower all have one loss in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II. The last time Andover and Andover Central played, it came down to Andover junior Jaylyn Agnew hitting the game-winning basket in the final 10 seconds.
Hamblin is looking for consistency from the Trojans, which are 8-4.
“We need to be consistent for four quarters,” he said. “We go on good runs, and then another quarter, we don’t play well. If we’re consistent for four quarters, it gives us a chance in the fourth quarter when the games are close.”
Dunham’s toughness — Derby boys coach Brett Flory chalks up college coaches’ initial lack of interest in senior Jeremy Dunham to the thinking that Dunham would play football in college. Dunham was the quarterback on Derby’s 2013 Class 6A title team.
Dunham’s current plan, though, is to play basketball and golf.
“The crazy thing is, I’ve heard stories that he’s also a really good baseball player,” Flory said.
Dunham, who leads the AV-CTL Division I with a 19.1-point scoring average, is one of three seniors for the Panthers, which finished third in 6A in 2013.
“We obviously lost a lot of guys (from last season). Not many people probably thought we would be able to sustain the success this year based on what we lost,” Flory said. “With (Dunham’s) leadership and just the way he’s a winner, that’s rubbed off on the younger kids. Now they’re getting better and better.”
Dunham is a strong, physical player who can rebound, handle the basketball and score. But as well as he has played, Flory knows he can be better.
“He has a really great midrange game,” Flory said. “That’s a natural for him. The great thing about him is he can still get way better. The sky’s the limit for him.”
Douglass winning with balance — When Jason Wilson was hired as the Douglass girls coach in July, he thought his team might be a year away from challenging for the Central Plains League title.
But Douglass, which plays at Trinity Academy on Friday, is 12-1, 3-0 in the CPL.
Cheney and Conway Springs are also 3-0 in the league, while Trinity and Garden Plain have one loss.
“I think at times we’ve played exceptionally well when we get going in the pace we want to play,” Wilson said. “We want to play extremely fast. We want to press our opponents and make them uncomfortable and make them play at a level they’re not used to.”
Douglass’ scoring has been balanced, with eight players leading the team in scoring at some point. Douglass’ top scorers are Maressah Milum (9.9), Sarah Hajdukovich (9.1), Cashlyn Munroe (8.2), Bayley Nispel (7.5), Klair Gibson (7.0).
“It’s a very unselfish basketball team,” Wilson said. “They look to help out each other. It’s not a matter of who gets the limelight or the glory.”