BRHS girls gear up for home tournament

by Mark Arehart on January 24, 2013

The 2012-2013 Lady Warriors basketball team. Photo courtesy of

The Donlin Gold Classic basketball tournament kicks off today. The Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors look to come out strong against Unalska, Seward and Nome.

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At 8-6, Lady Warriors Coach Danielle Craven said her team has had some really strong wins this season and also some “up and down games where we dig ourselves into some holes and have to recover. But against some teams that are not as strong we were able to pull the wins.”

She loves her teams defense, resiliency and ability to turn over opposing teams for transition baskets.

But if the Lady Warriors want to make a deep run in the state tournament this March, Craven said they have some things to work on.

“This past weekend we’ve been really talking about playing four full quarters, being consistent rebounders. Having ten or less turnovers a game. We’re averaging ten turnovers every half. That’s one of our weaknesses, we’re not strong with the ball when we need to.”

Craven said she sees losses to Barrow and Nome, two of the premier teams in the 3A division, as productive steps. Her team, down early, was able to come back and be competitive against them.

“I think that’s another positive that shows that we’re not a team that’s going to go away,” Craven said.

After losing two starters from last year’s team, the Lady Warriors have relied on their point guard 11th grader Riana Joseph to set the pace in games.

DC: “Riana is just someone… you know she plays all out. Tough, tough working hard for everything.”

Craven also said fellow junior Rebecca Brink is key to the team’s success down the stretch.

“She played a lot of inside last year but we’ve kind of pulled her out to play some 3 position as a guard. She’s been really working on her outside shot and she’s taking a lot of outside shots in the game,” Craven said.

Craven said the rest of the team is just as important as Joseph and Brink.

The Lady Warriors feature four seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.

The Lady Warriors hit the court tonight at six against Unalaska. They play Seward tomorrow night and host the second match up against the Nome Lady Nanooks Saturday evening.

“We’re telling our girls to get ready to play some tough basketball and play for our hometown and win some games.”

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