Learning The System

By Jeremy McDonald


SALEM, Ore.–  Eight games into the Trevor Bodine-era for North Marion Girls Basketball this summer, The Lady Huskies are learning fast.

Though just scrimmages, six in their own summer tournament this past weekend, North Marion have won five of them; four in the North Marion Tournament over the weekend and an incredible last second win over Salem Academy Tuesday night at Salem Academy.

For Bodine, the new North Marion Head Coach is hoping to use the summer to help the girls cue in on what he is trying to do offensively and defensively.

“Everything is new.  I’m primarily a man-to-man team defensively, where last year they did a mix,” said Bodine.  “But it looked more zone than man, so I’m kind of the opposite.  We play a little zone tonight but man-to-man defense in primarily and working really hard on helping helper and where they should be positioning.  But offensively everything is going to be brand new.”

The girls, like Emily Scanlan and Ally Umbenhower, who played under former coach Dennis Melcher this past season, are confident with who they got and how the future is looking as they look to carry momentum into 2017.

Ally Umbenhower (Black)  passing the ball during the Summer League games Tuesday (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Scalan describes using the summer as a way to familiarize themselves with Bodine and his system before the season starts.

“There’s a few different things but it gets us familiar with our new coach and I think we’re going to be pretty good this season,” said Scanlan

For Umbenhower, she’s like how they’re adjusting to Bodine’s teaching style behind the strong core this team has.

“We’re adjusting very well, he’s a very good coach, he teaches a lot and the core, the group of us girls have been together for forever,” said Umbenhower.  “So to keep that consistent with a whole new coach is great because we all can lean on each other when we need help.

Entering Tuesday’s games versus Kennedy and the Crusaders, the Huskies had two practices and had three plays to their name.

Slow out of the gate versus The Trojans out of Mt. Angel, North Marion caught fire when they needed to versus a tough team in Salem Academy.

The Lady Huskies will focus on more of a man-to-man defense, but ran some zone Tuesday at Salem Academy (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Rallying from an eight-point deficit at the half, Emily Scalan in the closing moments of the game poke the ball out as she complete the turnover for the game winning basket as her defense held off the Crusaders last second attempt to win the ball game.

“We just had to get our head into the game and honestly it was tough at first with a rough start,” started Scanlan.  “But we got in it and we got into our flow defensively and we started scoring buckets on offense.”

Bodine is impressed how quickly his team is picking up his system and cited that Melcher had did a great job of giving the girls a good base of knowledge and IQ of the game.

With it just being summer, his lone expectation is to have a high point of energy, excitement and effort for the game and use the girls athleticism to play faster.

“My only expectation at this point is effort and energy and excitement about playing basketball and so far I’ve seen that,” he said.  “Even at the JV level we’ve got some seventh-graders playing JV and stuff and they got good attitudes, good energy and they’re giving it all they got which is my only expectation at this point.

“I’m really pleased, we’ve got a solid base of sophomore/soon-to-be juniors girls that have pretty good basketball IQ already, fairly athletic, super athletic squad.  We’re trying to play high-tempo and we’ll let them play faster and use that athleticism and see if we can get out in transition and run the ball a little bit.”

The Lady Huskies will be at George Fox University this weekend for a summer tournament, first game is currently TBA.

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