The Chemeketa Storm begins to brew as league play starts
After playing nine of 11 games on the road during the preseason, Head Coach Kevin McCarrell and the Chemeketa Women’s Basketball Team are eager to play at home, and are looking to improve their league standing in every game.
We played the toughest preseason schedule in the NWAC.
Traveling to locations such as Yakima, WA, Twin Falls, ID, and Price, UT was no easy task. Included in the daunting preseason were three games against top-ten NWAC opponents, in which Chemeketa went 0-3, but by a combined margin of only eight points. “We played the toughest preseason schedule in the NWAC,” said McCarrell.
The team eventually secured their first win against Portland Community College, defeating the Panthers 71-61. Forward Destiny Fahndrich had a game high of 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Tori Swanson followed suit by contributing 13 points and seven rebounds, and Lakin Susee displayed her passing skills by dishing out seven assists to go along with her nine points.
Following that game, the team played 14-3 (5-0 league) opponent, Clackamas. The Storm fought hard but could not overcome a fourth quarter surge by the visiting Cougars and lost 77-66. Despite this, there are signs of promise going forward. Swanson displayed her brilliant shooting touch by hitting five of her six shots from beyond the three-point line. She finished with 21 points.
The team’s goal going forward, along with winning, is to improve every day. “Our goal is try and get win number two. And try and get as many wins as possible in league and see where the cards fall at the end of the season,” McCarrell said. “The area I want to see the biggest improvement on is our rebounding and defense. Those are going to be the key on how well we do the rest of the season.”
While their record may not show it, sitting at 3-13 (1-5), the Storm have shown flashes of great basketball, displaying the ability to compete with anyone. “You get out what you put in, the harder we push, the better we play,” said McCarrell. “I think that’s pretty evident when we have good practices and good games.” The Storm’s next home game is Feb. 10 against Lane Community College. With eight games left, the team has plenty of time to put the work in and right the ship to make a late season push for the postseason.