Speed and athleticism are two components of the Elizabethtown girls basketball team that fifth-year coach John Myers stressed when looking ahead to the upcoming season.
“It’s never more of the same. It’s more about the players that you have. I think you adapt to your players and their abilities and what we’re good at. Then you go from there,” Myers said. “I think with this year’s team, we’re going to like to run. I think we’re very athletic. We’re going to get out in the open floor.”
With an injury-plagued 2016 season behind them, Myers will have three seniors that he said will very much contribute to the upcoming season. Behind those three seniors is a strong junior class headlined by Marena Lonardi.
Lonardi was the team’s leading scorer before she tore her ACL last season.
“We’re going to play fast and we’re going to get up and down the floor. Off the bench, we’re athletic. We have players that play multiple sports so they’re already in good shape, which is great. We’re athletic and we’re developing our bench too,” Myers said.
An up-tempo offense and developing bench are going to be paired with what Myers hopes is a committed defensive effort.
“What I’d like to see on defense is great communication. We’re athletic and we’re long so if we dedicate ourselves to being good defensively we definitely can be,” Myers said.
After more than a week of preseason practice, the Bears scrimmaged at Lebanon High School on Saturday, Nov. 25. Prior to that scrimmage, Myers said that the scrimmage would serve as a measuring stick to see how far the team has progressed to this point of the season.
“We’ve spent a week and a half playing ourselves and you always feel good when you’re playing yourself. When you get to play some other teams, you get to find out where you’re at. It’s a measuring stick of what we’re doing well and what we need to work on at this point,” Myers said.
The regular season is scheduled to begin at the Tip-Off Tournament in Daubert Gym, which begins on Friday, Dec. 8, and will carry over into Saturday, Dec. 9.
The Bears first Lancaster-Lebanon League game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15, against Manheim Township. Elizabethtown is also scheduled to play five of the final eight regular season games at home.