KETTLE FALLS GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Name of the game is defense for Kettle Falls girls

(COLIN HAFFNER/Chewelah Independent)

You will be able to see Kettle Falls in action this Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Young nucleus will focus on defense, three-point shooting…

This year’s Kettle Falls girls team brings a fairly young nucleus to the court. As such, Head Coach Tyler Edwards says they will be working to find their identity on the court as the season progresses.

The Bulldogs have no seniors on this year’s squad. They are instead led by juniors Iris Armstrong, Samantha Dudley, Jocelyn Glover, Zarah Johnson and Mary Sauvola, all of whom Edwards believes have the potential to turn in all-conference seasons.

However, Edwards says that will depend on the team developing some consistency throughout the season, and their main focus will be on the defensive side of the ball.

In fact, Edwards says that’s one of the team’s goals, to be an effective defending team that moves their feet well, helps in transition and rebound well. Effective defense will help the Bulldogs to stay in games, Edwards said, as they work to really hone in on that team identity and work to improve their offense.

Though it hasn’t shown in their first two games, Edwards also believes three-point shooting could be a strength for this team. He points out that the team has been effective in this area in years past, and there is no reason to think this team will be any different.

One thing is for sure, it’s going to take some time for this team to work on its consistency and gel together.

The schedule didn’t do the Bulldogs any favors. They started the season off with six games in the first two weeks, and this makes it hard to work on those consitstency issues and make improvements because the schedule leaves little room for practice, Edwards said.

However, the Bulldogs have already shown some of those improvements through their first week of games, finishing the week off with a win over Inchelium after dropping the season opener to Deer Park and a close one to Selkirk.

One thing is for certain, this team will need to continue improving as the season progresses.

Edwards says the Northeast League is very strong, with tough competition in NW Christian, Davenport, St. George’s and Chewelah.

And, that’s just the north division, Edwards said, adding the south division is no pushover either.

Whatever the season holds in store, the Kettle Falls Bulldogs will strive to keep improving and hope those improvements can carry them into the post-season.