Lady Pirates face youth challenge on court

There is going to be a new look for the Lady Pirates this year when it comes to the basketball court.
Graduation hit the team hard, but it will provide a lot of opportunities for players to step up their game, according to coach Corey Douma.

“Last year, we had a good year and had a lot of fun,” the coach said Tuesday.
“This year, it is going to be a whole new team. We are going to be young. We’ll have four seniors returning. They haven’t had a lot of varsity experience but they are going to get it.”
But on the upside, it will mean that the team will be getting a lot of varsity experience early in the season, according to the coach.
The team will start on the road with a trip to Astoria Dec. 1 to compete in the Astoria jamboree against a pair of 4A schools – Astoria and Corbett. The Lady Pirates will follow that with a trip Dec. 6 to Waldport.
The first time the Pirates will have a home crowd is when they host Warrenton Dec. 9.
The team will host Northwest League play against Delphian (Dec. 13) and City Christian (Dec. 15).
“There are going to be some young kids thrown to the wolves, but they will learn the varsity game one way or the other. It is an opportunity for the kids to get a lot of playing time.”
The team will get a chance to play against league rival Knappa in the jamboree. “That will be a good measuring stick for us to see how we match up against them.”
The Pirates face their first three league foes in one week.
Although he hasn’t finished his varsity lineup, Douma said there will be four or five seniors, two juniors and the rest will be sophomores.
“Katie Clifford will be a key. She will help set the tone defensively,” the coach said. Another key player the coach sees playing a strong role is Maddie Lambert.
As far as scoring, there will be a lot of opportunities for the players. “There is a scoring void left by graduation, so the people will have a chance to do that for us,”

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