Girls basketball finding its groove in early season games

Dec 20, 2017

With a 56-40 win over Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech on December 18, the Dartmouth High girls basketball team is shooting for continued improvement.

Leading into the game, Head Coach Scott Richards worked with his team on improving rebounds, and he saw that work translate into helping the team take the advantage over the Bears.

He also credited a more aggressive demeanor among teammates with upping the ante.

“We went in to grab [the ball] more too,” Richards said. “We weren’t afraid to get a little physical with it.”

He added that in previous games he noticed his team tended to be a bit timid when faced with confrontation.

The win against the Bears gives the Indians a 2-1 record. The team opened its regular season with a win against Apponequet on December 13, but fell to Old Rochester on December 15 54-19.

As the regular season got underway, it’s shown RIchards what he has to work with in terms of skill amongst his team.

“We’ve been pretty well-rounded so far,” Richards said of scoring.

So far, Laura Mendell is leading in offensive scoring. The scoring powerhouse previously played for Westport High, but moved to the Indians this year.

“We have our lead scorer and two to three who are closer behind,” Richards said. “It spreads scoring out.”

Moving forward, Richards hopes to continue to develop his team’s offensive abilities, and is already preparing for a Friday matchup against Sandwich.

“Friday is big for us,” Richards said. “We want to go into the Christmas break feeling good about ourselves.”