STRASBURG — Warren County has a lot of new faces on the varsity team this season so it’s no surprise that the team is off to a slow start.
Warren County girls basketball coach Randy Bush said he has seen some improvement in the first few weeks of the regular season but it will take time to get to where they need to be.
“We’re trying to come into our own,” Bush said after the Wildcats’ loss to Strasburg on Tuesday. “It’s December. It’s a work in progress. Come January, I hope we show a little bit of an improvement.”
Brianna Hogan is Warren County’s leading returner and only starter back from last year’s squad.
She said the biggest area of improvement is that the players need to bond together more and communicate better.
“We have to get used to playing with each other,” Hogan said. “Because all the other teams they’ve been playing together for a while and we lost every person we had. Last year we had good communication, good bonding, but this year we don’t really have it. We have to gain it up.”
The Wildcats (0-4) have a young squad with one freshman, six sophomores, two juniors, and one senior.
Warren County’s youth and inexperience showed against Strasburg on Tuesday when the Wildcats had 25 turnovers.
Hogan said she’s trying to help the younger players out and take on more of a leadership role. Hogan said she’s seen real improvement from some of the younger players.
“Some of the youngest players are doing really good,” Hogan said. “They’ve picked up the game. They’ve been learning new things. We have a couple new posts down on the block and they’ve picked up on a few more things to do.”
Bush is in his first year as head coach, after being at the helm at Hidden Valley High School for 10 years. He said that it’s been an easy transition for him.
“I love the girls,” Bush said. “They respond in practice. As long as they continue to do that, it’s going to be fine.”
Bush said the biggest thing the team needs to work on is just being more consistent.
He said that starts with having more practice time.
“We haven’t had many practices, because we played three games last week and we play three games this week,” Bush said. “This team needs to get to the practice court and continue to practice.”
The Wildcats first five games are all on the road, including many games against tough competition. Warren County, a Class 3 school, started out playing against defending Class 4 state champion Millbrook and then played Class 4 school Handley.
Hogan said the tough early schedule should help them in the long run.
“It’s going to help us a lot,” she said. “Going against good teams is only going to make us better.”