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East Detroit girls hoops coach looking for success in second year

November 14, 2012

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The East Detroit High girls basketball team hopes to rebound from a 2011-12 season that saw the Shamrocks go 2-19. Pictured is East Detroit sophomore Kadre’a Jones, left, and senior Christina Gandy.

Second-year East Detroit High girls basketball coach Krysta Kreyger called last year a learning experience.

The Shamrocks went 2-19, 2-12 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division, with a roster comprised solely of first-year varsity players. Kreyger, who coached East Detroit’s JV team for three years, said some good came out of those struggles that could serve the Shamrocks well this season.

Girls basketball season opens Nov. 26.

“With that time together, our team has better chemistry and is more focused,” said Kreyger, whose inexperienced team tallied 29.9 points per game last season. “I bring back nine players, along with three new additions. Having players who are a year older and who have the playing experience from last season will help us tremendously.”

Kreyger said players on last year’s team put the weight of the world on their shoulders in an attempt to turn the program around in just one year. East Detroit went winless the season prior to Kreyger taking over.

The Shamrocks’ coach said her team performed admirably in her first season, battling in each game.

“Looking at the statistics and through our scorebook, we were equally matched in nearly every game we played, but we’d lose focus for one quarter,” Kreyger said of a team that allowed 52.6 points per game in 2011-12.

East Detroit’s 12-player roster is balanced — four seniors, five juniors and three sophomores.

The Shamrocks have size and more depth at each position this season, according to Kreyger, enabling her to employ different lineups as she sees fit to aid East Detroit at both ends of the floor.

Kreyger said one lineup could feature players suited to push the ball on offense and pick up full-court pressure on defense, while another group could employ a halfcourt offensive philosophy to slow the pace down.

In order for the Shamrocks to complete the turnaround, everyone on the roster must step up and lead, according to Kreyger. The coach singled out Tiffany Wilson, La’Keiya Terry, Daniella Marsee and Monica Vann as players she hopes will step up and take the reins.

“We truly need our entire roster to step up and for everyone to be a leader,” Kreyger said.

“There are a number of things we need to do before we figure out what works best for us, but we will be more aggressive and more complete, and execution will be better,” she added.

East Detroit opens the new season with a matchup against Warren Lincoln. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at East Detroit.

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