Gothenburg’s girls basketball team is ready to get into their season this week, hosting Lexington on Dec. 2 at GHS to kick off the 2021-22 campaign.
“We are excited to get the season rolling this week,” head coach Kassie Schuett said.
The Swedes expect a lot of the same team they saw last year when the Minutemaids come to town and Schuett says that because Lexington did not graduate a lot of players last year, it should be a solid contest.
“They were limited in numbers last year but didn’t graduate many so we are expecting them to have more depth on their bench this year,” she said. “They ran a lot of man defense with not a lot of full-court pressure.”
The Minutemaids finished last year’s season with a 4-18 record and the attack will center around senior guard Sarah Treffer, who averaged 19.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season.
“Treffer is a good player that we will need to keep a hold on to limit shots and points,” Schuett said.
The Swedes head to Hershey on Dec. 3 to take on the Panthers for a back-to-back set that is sure to set the tone for the season.
Schuett said that because the Swedes played Hershey twice last year and ran into them over the summer in league play, that game could be a toss-up, but expects some of the same of what they have already seen.
“They tend to go between their 1-3-1 and man defense so we are going to prepare for both,” she said. “We are going to put a lot of focus on getting transition points and picking the speed of the game up a little more than we did last year. We have the ball handlers with experience who see the floor well so we are going to take advantage of that.”
Opening the season with two games immediately out the gate is something that Schuett feels is good for the club, especially early in the season.
“If we see something that doesn’t work and/or didn’t go the way we planned, we can move on and adjust things to try them out the next night,” she said. “Basketball doesn’t give you much time to get hung up on one win or loss because you have another opponent to prepare for immediately.”
The Lady Swedes have had a tough couple of weeks of practice leading up to the opening games of the season and Schuett said that the team is ready to get the season off to a good start.
“They have brought a lot of positive energy into practice and we are excited to get rolling,” she said.
Gothenburg hosts Lexington on Dec. 2 at GHS with the junior varsity game tipping off at 4:30. The varsity game will follow at 6 p.m.
Fans not attending may watch the action on the GHS Activities YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/GothenburgActivities.
On Dec. 3 the Swedes travel to Hershey to take on the Panthers with a jv tip off of 4 p.m.
The varsity game will follow at approximately 5:30.
Please not that there has been a change in the girls' basketball calendar. The Swedes' game against Southern Valley, originally scheduled for Dec. 9 has been moved to Monday, Dec. 6 due to scheduling conflicts for the Eagles. There will be no junior varsity game. The Swede varsity team tips off at 5:30 p.m.