KOOSKIA — A 50-37 win over Kamiah during their district tournament play-in back in February got the Clearwater Valley basketball girls two more games than they’d have otherwise had, and they’re looking to build on their playoff experience this season.
The Whitepine League figures to be as tough as ever, with Lapwai, Prairie, Genesee and Kamiah all having finished ahead of CV in the final standings last season, with Troy also among the mid-tier teams in the hunt for third place, and with Potlatch and Logos having won two games apiece last year.
For their part, the CV girls are looking to seniors Kadance Schilling and Tobie Yocum for leadership.
“We count a lot on our two seniors,” Rams coach Darren Yocum said. “They’re our two captains this year. They both work extremely hard and they’re really good basketball players. Both of them were almost double-doubles last year. Tobie had almost 10 rebounds a game and eight points, and Kadance had almost 12 points a game and seven rebounds. Shada Edwards was rising star.”
CV’s summer basketball program saw five participate throughout: Trinity Yocum, Tobie Yocum, Schilling, Taya Pfefferkorn, and Macy Morrow. CV has 14 out for basketball this season, up from 10 last year, and they hope to get a full season from Morrow, who missed much of last season due to injury.
“Macy played the first game at Potlatch and then was out for nine straight games,” Yocum said, “but she ended up getting a coach’s award. She came to every practice. She came back halfway through the season and really did a lot for us. I’m not sure we would have won the playoff game if she hadn’t come back, and we’re probably asking her to make the most change of anyone this year. We’re asking her to play not so much on the inside but to handle the ball more and take some shots from mid-range, the elbow and the short corner. She’s pretty good from that distance, but she doesn’t really take a lot of those and we’re trying to get her comfortable with doing that.”
Look for the Rams to shoot even more threes this season, as well.
“We made 101 threes last year, and we’re hoping to lead the league in that category this year,” he said.
CV has 20 games scheduled, starting with a visit from Salmon River this Saturday, Nov. 13, for a 5 p.m. tip-off.