Snow continues to cause problems as the Maryville girls basketball team finds itself in uncharted territory.
Maryville’s (8-10) game against Chillicothe Feb. 6 was postponed to Feb. 14 due to weather. The last time the Spoofhounds took the floor, they fell to MEC rival Smithville 39-31. With time winding down before the start of districts, coach Quentin Albrecht said his team can’t forget to concentrate.
“We don't have time to lose focus, since we will play five games in the next ten days,” Albrecht said. “We have had a few light practices to keep the legs fresh and to help us shake this sickness that has been affecting so many people.”
As any athlete knows, as the end of the season draws near, your tank begins to drain but the Spoofhounds are trying to get over the hump. Senior Amberlea Auffert explained even though the team is sick and worn out, they aim to finish strong into district competition.
“The outlook for the remainder of the season is to finish strong,” Auffert said. “It’s towards the end of the season and, yes, we are all a little bit worn out, but our goal is to continue to grow and do the best to all of our abilities, no matter what the outcome of the games are.”
With the regular season schedule coming to a close, Maryville is vying for a higher seed once the postseason comes around. From her four years previous in the locker room, Auffert said the team’s mood is more positive than in years past at this point.
“The attitude has been different because we stay focused,” Auffert said. “We listen to everything that the coaches have to say, but when they ask for our opinions on ways to improve our performance, we aren’t afraid to give them feedback. We work together and come meet a resolution.”
Auffert explained that a recent tweet from former Northwest basketball forward D'Vante Mosby saying, “Win or learn. No losses,” has been the team’s mantra, and that's what they’ve taken in practice since day one. Albrecht said keeping possession of the “rock” has been vital in their newfound success.
“From game one to today, the biggest improvement we have seen is our lower turnover rate,” Albrecht said. “This has allowed us more opportunities to score. We want to continue to play hard, remain focused and end our season on a positive note. We plan on being very competitive in our district.”
Unlike other teams in the state, Maryville has freshman leading in every major statistical category. With such a young core of leaders, the Spoofhounds would be lost without their seniors. Albrecht explained the seniors’ work goes outside of the stat sheet.
“Our seniors are our unsung heroes,” Albrecht said. “They don't hit a lot of three-pointers or score tons of points, but what the bring is energy and positive attitude. They do a lot of the dirty work on defense and on the boards, and I would hate to think where we would be without them.”