Good, but how good? That’s the question that circles the Cherry Valley-Springfield girls basketball team.
The Patriots starting five is good enough that they could win the Tri-Valley East and make a run in a very tough Section Four Class D tournament. Or they could take their lumps from a rough January schedule.
The Patriots return all five starters. “It’s a good position to be in,” Dubben said. “We have all five starters, four seniors and a junior, who have played together for three years now.”
Senior guards Lauren and Jordan Loucks can both run the offense and score in double figures.
“Sometimes the bigs think they are the guards too,” Dubben said.
It’s true. Junior forward Maddie Archer can dribble and shoot outside and senior forward Olivia Hull has an outside shot. Center Kylie Graham can play in transition too.
The other thing the Patriot five can do is press and trap.
‘We’re really starting to get in sync, although I though we were sloppy tonight,” Dubben added after a 47-22 win over Edmeston on Dec. 20.
Dubben also winces when he thinks of the end of the game Dec. 13 at Schenevus, when the Patriots let a big lead slip away. “We just gave that one away,” Dubben said.
“We were up 13, up eight in the fourth quarter. The big girls got into foul trouble and we let it get away,” he continued.
To win the Tri-Valley East title – where Franklin will likely be waiting in a cross-over game – CV-S will have to get past a bruising month, and it remains to be seen if a team with a short bench can endure it. The Patriots host Franklin Jan 8 and end the month with a run of games at Morris, at Milford and at Richfield Springs before a Jan 31 rematch with Schenevus.