NUC returns four seniors

NEW ULM – The New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds girls basketball team had the best defense in the Tomahawk Conference in 2012.

The offense was, well, not as adept as the defense.

The 2013 Greyhounds look to correct their offensive deficiencies while keeping their defensive strengths as they adapt to the strategies of head coach Jeremy Drexler, who was the boss of the team when this year’s seniors were freshman.

“It’s kind of like the first year when I was a freshman” senior Kristin Mohr said. “We want to bring in the new offensive plays. My game is to drive to the basket and that’s what I hope to keep on doing.”

Senior Lindsay Simon also remembers Drexler’s practice drills, but she’s “been working on my post moves this summer and doing conditioning drills every day.”

For senior guard Kelli Eckstein, “you can see his passion for the game and he gives to us a different way to look at things. We’re focusing on getting better offensively. We’ve been working on shooting and offense.”

Senior Karlee Pfaff is still focused on defense, but knows the key to advancing in the playoffs means tilting towards a higher offensive attack.

“I want to be better on defense and continue that because we’re a defensive team,” Pfaff said. “But we want to become a team where we anyone on the floor can be a ‘go to’ person on offense.”

One thing is for sure with the Greyhounds: They will have a new scheme to put points on the board.

“We’re doing all new things offensively,” Drexler said. “We want to put the players in position to take open shots. We just want to put the players on the floor in a position to succeed and we really have to feed off our defense and work on our floor spacing. We have a lot of height and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see how our shooters look.”

Cathedral will have a temporary loss to fill as junior Anne Schwarz recovers from shoulder surgery, but juniors Megan Laraway and Amber Hillesheim will be expected to fill in.

“Megan is a very strong, smart player and Amber brings a lot of energy from the wing and great athleticism,” Drexler said. “Leah Krzmarzick brings a lot of energy and Annica Edl, who’s a foreign exchange student, has shown an ability to block shots. “

The Greyhounds begin their season on the road next Tuesday when they travel to take on Cedar Mountain/Comfrey in Morgan.

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