Mountain Home High School
Conference: 4A Southern Idaho Conference
Head Coach: Brent Keener
Years as Head Coach: 9th Season
Previous Experience: Junior High/ Frosh-soph and JV coach with the boys program
Record Last Year: 0-22
Jacey Carr, post, 11th, 5’9”
By Chris Langrill
There's no sugar-coating it: The Mountain Home girls basketball program endured a winless campaign last season.
There are a few ways that players can respond to a frustrating season: They can throw up their hands and give up – or they can roll up their sleeves and work harder.
Coach Brent Keener was pleased to see some of his players do the latter prior to this year's tip-off.
“Some of the girls have put in a ton of time in the offseason,” said Keener, who has coached the Tigers for nearly a decade.
Whether that work results in victories remains to be seen – Mountain Home was 0-3 at the time of this writing – but all Keener can ask for is effort. And hopefully that effort results in improvement.
“Our ball-handling and shooting has improved with some of our young players, but we still have a ways to go,” Keener said.
And when it comes to young players, Mountain Home has a few: Jazzi Cristobal and Adrie Blanksma are both ninth-grade guards.
One experienced player who the younger girls might look to for guidance is junior post Jacey Carr.
But whether the players on the floor are freshmen or not, Keener knows one very basic principle is going to have to guide the Tigers' offense, which consistently struggled last season.
“We have to find a way to score more points,” Keener said.
Defensively, he feels like this year's team can make some strides.
“We're much quicker and more athletic this year,” Keener said. “But we have to rebound better and be able to mix up more defenses.”
It remains to be seen when Mountain Home can snap its winless streak, but Keener said he's going to be excited about heading to the gym and watching his players work.
“The girls have brought energy and enthusiasm to practice every day,” he said.