WINSIDE – The Winside girls basketball season will be getting underway in a few days with a pair of road games this week, as the team shared the court with the boys Monday evening.
There are 14 girls which make up the Wildcat girls basketball team with seven freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and four seniors.
Marland Erbst is a new first year head coach for the 2017 season, but has been at Winside for 18 years coaching for about five. Erbst coached in the early 2000’s on and off as he said the team competed with Wisner-Pilger last Monday during an exhibition game.
“They didn’t have a lot of turnovers which is really good,” said Erbst. “And we really need to work on our shooting. We didn’t shoot very well, we got good shots they just weren’t going on. So, we’re really focusing on shooting this week.”
The Winside Wildcat girls basketball team will be looking to get out of a slump of winning only two games each of the past three seasons. Winside finished 2-19 last year, winning their two games in the final four played in the month of February. The Wildcats also went 2-18 and 2-19 the previous two seasons.
Wing/post Victoria Buresh and Guard/wing Alyssa Brogren are two of the Wildcat seniors.
Buresh talked about having Erbst as head coach while Brogren mentioned during her first couple of years the team practiced in the Winside Auditorium.
“Feel like it will be good for us to have somebody who has a lot of experience coaching,” Buresh added. “So, maybe he can take what he has and help us out a little bit.”
“We switched every other day,” Brogren mentioned. “But, for the last two years we’ve been splitting the gym. So, just because it’s cold and it’s slippery down there, it’s easier to practice here than it is down there.”
The Winside girls basketball team will open with a pair of road contests. Winside will visit Plainview on Thursday, November 30 and Wynot on Friday, December 1. The first home Wildcat game will be on Thursday, December 7 with Clarkson/Leigh coming to town.