CADILLAC — Once you’ve misplaced not more than a handful of video games the final three years and received some championships, it appears to grow to be routine.
The expectation turns into every group goes to step in and choose up the place the group earlier than it left off.
It isn’t all the time that straightforward.
As an alternative, it is about every group discovering its personal identification and discovering who matches in what roles.
Rely even Cadillac amongst that.
The Vikings, after struggling to an unsightly win over Traverse Metropolis West on Tuesday, regarded extra like themselves in a 52-26 win over Gaylord in a Large North Convention women basketball contest Thursday.
Cadillac (3-0 total) actually has heightened expectations after what it is carried out the previous two seasons however these teams aren’t right here any longer.
“This workforce, actually, hasn’t performed collectively,” Cadillac coach Kip Damgard mentioned. “They have been collectively for one week in a real basketball sense. We did not have any summertime basketball, we did not have any scrimmages and so we’re making an attempt to determine who we’re.”
Whereas the Vikings return key items in Molly Anderson, Madi Drabik, Livi Meyer and Joslyn Seeley, gone are some seniors that made a huge impact the final two seasons.
“It is a totally different workforce than final 12 months’s workforce and two years in the past’s workforce,” Damgard mentioned. “Sure, we have now some returners however we have now some holes to fill of seniors that graduated.
“We have got to seek out who’s going to fill these roles and who’s going to do it on a constant foundation at a number of positions. We won’t simply depend on one or two gamers. We all know we’ll have to indicate up, work laborious and that nothing goes to be handed to us.”
And misplaced in a number of the heightened expectations is, generally, getting again to the basics can repair issues.
Cadillac struggled mightily taking pictures in opposition to the Titans so by means of watching movie and Wednesday’s follow, the Vikings recognized some simple fixes.
“After we watch movie and have a look at what we wish to do versus what we have been actually doing, it got here right down to some easy elementary stuff that we have now to wash up,” Damgard mentioned. “After we do it proper, we actually do get some good, clear appears. We all know what we have some youngsters that may shoot the basketball so we have to do the best issues to get these pictures off.
“We have got some youngsters that may rating the ball within the publish and we have to do a great job of getting them the ball.”
That was obvious in opposition to Gaylord.
Cadillac led 12-3 after the primary quarter after which went on a spurt halfway by means of the second quarter to take whole management of the sport. The Vikings have been up 29-9 at halftime and by no means let the Blue Devils have an opportunity.
Basketball regarded enjoyable once more, Damgard mentioned.
“Within the locker room earlier than the sport, you might really feel some stress,” he mentioned. “It wasn’t simple and we talked to the children about the truth that it is a enjoyable sport and we get to play it. Let’s exit and luxuriate in it.
“Beginning off with a few fast buckets and leaping on them immediately, you might simply see the sunshine of their eyes and it lightened their temper. That was crucial for us as a result of it confirmed we have now that functionality. Considered one of my favourite components of this sport was the contributions from the entire group. It was everyone doing their job and doing it effectively. I liked to see that from prime to backside.”
Anderson paced Cadillac with 17 factors whereas Ashlyn Lundquist had 11 and Meyer added eight.
The Vikings host Pine River on Saturday.
• Gaylord received the freshman sport 37-26. Jazmin Angell paced Cadillac with 10 factors whereas Makenzie Johns had seven.