The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team won 15 games a year ago, and the Chargers are searching for consistency each night in order to take another step forward.
Zach Traphagen is entering his second season as B-E’s head coach. He wants his players to appreciate every practice and game they have together during the pandemic, and to control the parts of the season that they can control. That comes in how they prepare each day.
“As far as our approach from a basketball perspective, we are not going to change the fact that in order to win games, you must score more points than the other team. We were too inconsistent last year with our efficiency, specifically on the offensive end of the floor,” Traphagen said. “We'll be working hard to clean that up this year.”
The Chargers averaged 50.4 points-per game last winter. They finished third in the Little Eight Conference at 9-3, but offense was hard to come by against good defensive teams. The Chargers were held to 42 points in a loss to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the Section 6A opener on Feb. 27.
“The first goal for us is to always be competitive in our conference games so that we are competing for a league championship,” Traphagen said. “The most important goal for us though is to be playing our very best ball at the end of the year. Once the section tournament begins, our goal is to play our best game of the year in each one of those games. Hopefully, playing at our best in section play will lead us to a nice playoff run.”
The Chargers have players in place who should be able to push the tempo and get after opponents defensively.
“We have a unique combination of athletes on this year's squad,” Traphagen said. “I'm really excited to see how our veterans who played a lot last year will mesh with our younger girls getting their first meaningful varsity action.”
Underwood and Parkers Prairie were both 10-2 atop the LEC last year, and the Chargers are hoping to be right there with those programs again.
“The biggest question we need to answer for ourselves is can we consistently put together two clean halves of basketball night in and night out?” Traphagen said. “It sounds simple but making lay-ups, making free throws and limiting turnovers will give us a chance to win a lot of games. If we can get better in those three specific areas, while still playing team basketball offensively and defensively, I think it could be a fun year.”
2021 BRANDON-EVANSVILLE GIRLS BASKETBALL
SENIORS - Bailey Schaefer, Mikenna Pattrin, Korrie Randt
JUNIORS - Olivia Otto, Kaytlyn Pattrin, Kiley Lund
SOPHOMORES - EmmaLee Brethorst, Sydney Schaefer, Grace Otto, Emma Haugen, Taylin Kramer, Kayla Bitzan-Anderson, Sophie Koep
FRESHMEN - Kylee Dingwall, Skylar Bitzan, Madison Anderson, Jenna Sturges
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE GIRLS BASKETBALL
(Home games in Brandon)
Jan. 14 at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 19 at Underwood, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 21 vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 25 vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 28 at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 2 vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 4 vs. CGB, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 at Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 16 at Wheaton, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 vs. Underwood, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 22 vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 25 at Rothsay, 7:30 p.m.
March 1 vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m.
March 4 vs. WCA, 7:30 p.m.
March 5 at Ashby, 7:15 p.m.
March 8 at Upsala-Swanville, 7:30 p.m.
March 11 vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.
March 12 vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
March 15 at Rothsay, 7:15 p.m.