By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
With only three total wins last year and only two league wins in the last three years, the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' basketball team has their work cut out for them.
But with a new coach and an enthusiastic young squad, the Bruins are looking to climb out of the Far West League basement this year.
"It's an exciting time," senior Kara Miller said. "We're looking forward to starting a program and seeing the younger girls grow."
New head coach Chris Schofield brings new light to the program with a philosophy of hard work and dedication.
"My entire coaching style stems from the notion that I think we can cover up our weaknesses by outworking everyone," Schofield said. "If you outwork everyone on any given night, you can beat anyone it doesn't matter who you play."
Schofield spent the last four years coaching boy's basketball at Green Lake High School in Green Lake, Wisc.
The young Bruin squad is lacking in size, but is abundant in athletes.
"I'd rather take a group of good athletes and make them players than try to make a group of good players into athletes," Schofield said. "We're going to be young, with lots of freshmen and sophomores, which means we're going to have some bumps in the road."
With the athleticism abounding, the Bruins are going to have to rely on their quickness and defense early on in the year.
"We're going to try and press, get some steals and find some ways to score some points until our offense comes around," Schofield said.
The Bruins will be led by seniors Jessie Goergen and Miller, along with juniors Chelsey Hannan and Taylor Keys.
Miller was a Far West League honorable mention selection last year and will be the big body for the Bruins down in the post.
Both a good rebounder and a good shooter, Miller will use her size and speed to her advantage in the paint.
Goergen will be the primary ball handler for the Bruins, while Hannan will be one of the go-to shooters, with a smooth stroke that started to come alive toward the end of last year.
Keys is an aggressive, physical player who will battling in the trenches in the paint and doing a lot of the "dirty work" according to Schofield.
Junior Lizeth Ochoa and sophomore Allison Larsson have put in a lot of work this summer and could be factors this season.
Freshmen Miriam Hernandez and Ashley Juarez may also see some time on varsity.
"Our number one goal to start the year is to get better as we play and to be competitive every night," Schofield said. "If we can be competitive, then the wins will come. But I'd like to see us make the playoffs."
"He (Schofield) brings a new enthusiasm to this program and doesn't look at our past," Miller said. "We have a clean slate now."
The first game of the year for the Bruins will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at Bandon High School.