The Moore American

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January 2, 2013

Lady Jaguars to face Bombers Friday at WMH

MOORE — The Westmoore girls basketball has had an up and down season in the first half of the season. They entered the Christmas break with a 2-4 record and riding a three game losing streak.

“We had a great showing at the tournament in Durant and came in second, but then struggled last week,” Westmoore coach Andre Guziec said. “With a young and inexperienced team, it is expected to have some ups and downs. Our practices this week have been encouraging though and I can tell this group doesn’t like losing and they will continue to work hard to get better.”

Even though the Jaguars have had some tough defeats, Guziec likes how her teams has responded after each one.

“Our practices this week have been encouraging and I can tell this group doesn’t like losing and they will continue to work hard to get better,” Guziec said. “This is the best thing I can ask for at this time. If we can take advantage of our practice time over the Christmas break, we will be ready for a busy January.”

Westmoore will return to the court Friday when it host Midwest City. The coaches plan to make use of the practice time by working on areas such as blocking out, half court offenses and “just good sound pressure defense without getting beat to the basket.”

Guziec has gotten solid play from several players throughout the lineup. Everyone from freshman to seniors are seeing significant playing time.

“Victoria Lay really has been the most consistent for us this far,” Guziec said. “She has helped us both offensively and defensively. I have also been pleased with the efforts of Victoria Gonzalez, Sydney Chastain, Patty Padgett, Kaci Richardson, and Callie Palmer. Though statistics aren’t the best yet, they are working hard to improve each game.”

The Jaguars know what it will take to be successful the rest of the year.

“More confidence at both ends of the floor,” Guziec said. “ We know what needs to be done and now we just need to trust ourselves and each other to do the things necessary to win. We can’t play scared to lose...we have to be on the offensive even defensively.”

Michael Kinney Follow me @eyeamtruth mkinney@mooreamerican.com

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