We’re not to the regular season yet, but Pacific girls basketball already got off to a good start at the Cuba Jamboree Friday.
The Lady Indians were winners in all but one of their six six-minute periods, three against Stoutland and three against the host school. Cuba was able to sneak a 7-6 win past Pacific in the final period of the night for both squads.
Pacific topped Cuba 25-22 combined across the three periods, 7-6 in the first and 12-9 in the second. Final scores from the scrimmages with Stoutland were not available at press time.
Head Coach Megan Brady identified Grace Burrows, a junior guard who played minutes off the bench in all 28 games last season, as the team’s most accurate shooter and someone the team will turn to often this season.
“She’s probably going to do a lot of scoring,” Brady said. “I would say she’s our biggest scoring threat.”
Developing ways to score will be key for the Lady Indians after graduating four starters, including the team’s three primary scoring weapons from last season.
In terms of scoring, Brady said junior Delia Toney stood out in the post and junior Madison Brocato from outside.
“(Madison) shot the ball extremely well,” Brady said. “In one of the games, she had three or four three-pointers.”
Brocato plays the four-position for the Lady Indians, but Brady said she has been impressed with her versatility to play both strong inside, but also step outside to knock down shots from beyond the arc.
In her first season as head coach, Brady said she expects the team to attack with a more balanced approach rather than living or dying by the three-point shot.
However, she said the team has a lot of versatility to pose a threat from outside, including Brocato, Burrows and forward Cori O’Neill, a 6-1 sophomore.
In other areas, Brady said she was impressed with the defense and ball-handling of the team’s lone returning starter, junior point guard Maddie King.
Brady said the team showed flashes of solid play in some of its half-court offense and did exceptionally well in scoring on out-of-bounds plays.
Where she said she would like to see the team improve quickly is in the half-court defense and on the transition attack.
“We want to play a fast pace and really get some easy baskets,” Brady said. “I think we can do a better job of that.
The Lady Indians will tip off their season Saturday at 2 p.m., once again facing Cuba, at the St. James Shootout.