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January 8, 2013

Building blocks at Triton

Girls basketball team has sights on setting foundation for future

BYFIELD — Things have not gone quite as well as Triton girls basketball coach Karen Christian would like over a quarter of the way through the season.

Currently standing at 1-7, the Vikes have had a tough time finding a offensive rhythm as last night’s 52-16 loss to North Reading demonstrated.

But there have been signs of life in the defense, though North Reading jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first quarter, the Triton girls showed they could hold the Hornets to only eight unanswered points in the second quarter.

Clearly the defense is a place to start, and Christian says she would like to do just that.

“That’s really been our goal all season,” said Christian. “To focus on our defense and try to turn (the other team) over. Generate some offense from our defense. We’re getting there, but it’s getting (the players) out of their comfort zone and what they are used to. They are young, so it’s changing the mind set is what we are trying to do — starting from the defense.”

In a sport like hockey, a discipline like this is fairly regular, building from the net-out. But in hoops, it’s a different animal all together.

“It’s a tougher thing,” said Christian. “It’s just being aggressive, trying to get in their face, trying to get some tips. Getting (the other team) out of their comfort zone. Not giving them time to set up their offense so we can do our thing.”

With only two seniors on the squad and three juniors, these Vikes have a chance to build for the future and hope to find their shooting arms along the way.

“All of what we are doing this year is building toward next year, but without losing sight of what we’re trying to accomplish this year,” says Christian. “Getting the younger kids playing time is going to help us more.”

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