By Jeremy McDonald
MT. ANGEL, Ore.– There is a point to the madness that Kyle Buse is throwing his team’s way to start the Summer Basketball season.
Facing a playoff caliber team in Amity who lost to eventual champs Blanchet Catholic in 2017, a 2A Kennedy team that finished third this past season to start off the league season with as they travel to North Marion this weekend for a few tough games Saturday and Sunday against Molalla, North Marion JV, St. Paul and Faith Bible to name a few teams they’ll be facing this weekend as a Varsity unit.
“I think with the returning girls, they’re still coming off of the high off of Colton, Scio, Dayton you know…that energy is still there and they know that we need to be pushed in the summer now if we even want to try to compete with Dayton-Type teams,” said Buse. “I set it that way for them and they’re accepting it.”
They came out firing against the Warriors of Amity as Karina Ramos and Alyssa Ventura set the pace from the perimeter, looking like that of Andrea Villegas and Fabi Benavides as Ramos and Ventura take over for the recent graduates this upcoming season.
And though the scoring tailed off a hair in their game versus the Lady Trojans, the Lady Cats played strong through the fatigue as these two games served greatly for confidence moving forward.
“It’s big confidence. I think we did pretty well, that made us feel more confident to play well and I think we’re going to do well this season,” said Ramos. “I think we did really well these games, we were communicating well. Our shots were going in, we were getting good shots.”
The offense that showed glimpses last season looked as if it’s bridging over with it’s upside as they are just going to get more used to their strokes this summer just in time to carry it over to the winter here in a few months perhaps.
Buse was even impressed with the four freshmen he had working in there Game 2 with the five seniors on the team coming on board for this upcoming season as they use this summer as well to see what combinations will work come the Winter.
“Our first game, we came out excited. shooting the ball really well, I’m a little impressed with that. Second game you could tell, legs weren’t under us, we got a little tired,” starts Buse. “But that’s natural, that’s what we faced with Amity, they were tired after their first game. That made sense.
“I was happy with the first two and we have four freshman having to operate now with five seniors coming in.”
The Gervais Lady Cats will have a day to pan out a few things before heading to Aurora early Saturday for their 8am Varsity game versus St. Paul; but hey they’ll be ready.
“I think just working harder, we’ll get there. Try to get to their level,” said Ramos.
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