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July 2, 2014

Reimer hopes to grow confidence in Lady Outlaws

MARLOW — With a couple of quick fixes, first-year Marlow girls basketball coach Terri Reimer thinks she can turn the Lady Outlaws into a winning outfit, but they have to believe they can do it.

While fouls played a big part in the team’s difficult season last year, Reimer said the team’s confidence has to improve. She said when the team was playing during summer camps she felt like the girls were happy to just compete with other teams. Reimer wants more and she thinks they have the talent to make that goal a reality.

“There’s more potential there than they think there is,” Reimer said. “Part of my job is to make them believe that. From what I’ve seen they want to learn and work hard, it’s just a matter of putting them in situations early where they can be successful and then build on top of that.”

For a team that went 5-18, that inspiration means a lot. Instead of having a new coach that promises success in the future years, Reimer wants to win immediately. In turn, that gives the girls some hope that they can change the current trend of the program.

“She puts confidence in the other girls,” junior Kaytlyn Kizarr said. “I normally never shoot the ball during games, and this summer I’ve shot the ball more than I ever have.”

Kizarr said last season is enough of a reason to focus on getting better in the offseason. She doesn’t want to see the same thing happen again.

“Our season last year was pretty bad,” Kizarr said. “We shouldn’t be as bad as what we were. We just didn’t work well as a team last year.”

With no seniors gone from last year’s roster, a feeling of optimism surrounds the team, which goes into next season with a lot of proven commodities.

Reimer said having that much experience can be a blessing and a curse.

“You always want to have some players that have experience,” Reimer said. “But at the same time, if the only thing they take from previous experiences is negative, then you take time trying to break down some of those memories and turn them into positives.”

Reimer said the first thing a new coach has to do is win over the seniors. If they believe in the system they can get the rest of the group to follow along. she has already made some strides in that area as senior Shayna Throckmorton thinks the program is headed in the right direction.

“But we need to take charge more,” Throckmorton said. “Instead of her getting on everyone, we need to start getting onto people for not doing things correctly.”

 

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