NEW PALESTINE – For summer basketball 2013, the New Palestine girls eschewed the normal team shootouts and leagues.
Then-recently hired head coach Brian Kehrt decided his group needed to get back to the basics before it faced more veteran opponents (and all of the Dragons’ opponents last season were more veteran).
The focus on fundamentals worked for New Palestine, which went from a three-win squad in 2012-13 to a nine-win club last season, despite a roster of two freshmen, seven sophomores, two juniors and no seniors.
Confidence buoyed from the winter experience, the Dragons hit the road in June for tourneys at Knightstown, Fishers and Pike.
“We decided that we were to a point where we could start to expand that a little bit and play some games,” said Kehrt, whose team battled in 12-15 games. “We played against different levels of teams. It was good experience.
“Last summer, we weren’t ready. This summer, we could compete with a lot of those teams. And we had a good summer.”
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