ISHPEMING — The Hematites girls basketball team is doing pretty good so far. They are currently sitting at 3–2 on the season and it’s a good spot to be in as the team prepares for the grueling road to the playoffs.
“The season’s been great. The girls have been learning a lot. Being so young, we’ve had a lot of learning mistakes but they’re correctable mistakes. The effort is there so that’s always the best part. They’re coming in, willing to learn every night and we’ve gotten better. We just got out of film just now and the girls were remarkable in learning about themselves and hopefully we have a nice practice after this,” said head coach Ryan Reichel.
“It’s gone pretty good. Even our losses…we’ve learned from each one. And with a really young team, it’s important to learn from each game and every situation,” senior guard Jessica Penhale said.
Ishpeming’s two losses were against Gladstone and Calumet. When the team looks back at those games, it’s an opportunity to figure out what they need to work on.
“We have to be able to not get down on ourselves when something goes wrong because things are going to go wrong and we have to accept it and just move on and work harder instead of thinking about what we did wrong. We have to move forward with what we have to do,” said junior guard Khora Swanson.
“Our biggest weakness right now is rebounding. We have to become a better rebounding team. We can’t rely on giving up turnovers and getting killed on the offensive and defensive rebounds. We’ve been beat pretty bad on the rebounding game this year but we’ve double up the turnovers so that’s been giving us some victories,” Reichel said.
The Lady Hematites will be back at home tomorrow night as they host Norway.