KINGMAN – Lee Williams Volunteers girls basketball coach Jerry Arave probably wants a little bit more from his team, as all coaches do. But with an impressive tournament showing at the Prescott Tournament this past weekend on Dec. 29-30, look for the Lady Vols to turn up the defensive pressure even more.
Lee Williams played extremely tough competition during the tournament facing teams that were 5A and 6A, going 1-3 against schools twice the enrollment of the Lady Vols.
The Lady Vols enter the week ranked No.17 in the 4A Conference, and have beaten all the teams in Mohave County. With games against No. 2-ranked Flagstaff, No. 7 Coconino and No.9 Bradshaw Mountain coming up, this tournament against stiffer competition showed the Lady Vols where they stand.
“The tournament this weekend will really give us a good look at how we compare with teams from other areas and what we need to improve and work on if we want to compete at the state level,” Arave said.
Arave had high praise for senior Madison McGlathery, and thinks she has stepped up her game this year. The Lady Vols’ bench is deeper than it has been the past two seasons. Madison Arave and Sadie Snay, both juniors, have been varsity starters for 3 years and are team captains.
Snay was an all-tournament selection scoring 84 points in four games while averaging 21 points per game. Madison Arave was honorable mention all-tournament. Arave played through shin splints to average 6.25 points a game and was a force defensively. Coach Arave looks to those two to provide leadership for the team.
The Lady Vols knows they will have to improve on the defensive end of the floor and get better at passing the ball, which is something they work on every day in practice. They would like their defense to key their fast break and score some easy baskets.
“We have stressed defense all year long,” Arave said. “And will continue to stress it the remainder of the year. Our first priority is defense. We use our defensive pressure to help us get easy shots and start our fast break.”
The Lady Vols returned to Prescott to play the Prescott Badgers Tuesday in a region contest. Results were not available by deadline.