Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells
The men’s and women’s basketball teams have risen through the ranks this season. Both teams aim to dominate their opponents in their upcoming games. Both the men’s and the women’s teams treat their teammates like their second family, and strive to bring out each other’s best.
The women’s basketball team has accomplished many things since their season began in the fall. The team’s Head Coach Mark Morefield believes the team created a new rhythm with new and old members, and that they played very well in the fall.
“The team started off strong and we plan on finishing the season strong as well,” said Haven Neal, a junior math major and third year team member.
Alicia Blackwell, a freshmen chemistry major and guard for the team, believes the team can improve some of the defense techniques and dominate the court in their upcoming face-offs. Team member Destini Oakmon, a senior exercise sport science major and point guard, has played with UMHB for all four years.
“This was one of the best seasons I’ve seen during my four years playing here,” she said.
Unfortunately, Oakmon won’t be playing the rest of the season due to an injury, but she wants to help the team by encouraging them to do their best both on and off court.
With five weeks left in the season, Morefield is pushing his team to tighten up their performances before the conference finals.
The team will now be facing western district opponents after facing the eastern district opponents last semester. The team hopes to win the chance to host Conference at UMHB.
“Hosting after such a long while would bring more confidence to the women and encourage them to go on to the NCAA tournament with that in mind,” Morefield said.
The men’s basketball team has also achieved goals set by the coaches at the beginning of the season. There are 10 games left in the men’s season and all team members aim for one main purpose: to win the next game.
“Basketball is an imperfect game and there is always room for improvement,” said the men’s head coach Ken Deweese.
Keenan Holdman, a freshmen physical education major and guard, and Braden Hammond, a junior exercise sports science major and guard, both believe the team could improve on their techniques and communication on the court..
“It’s amazing being able to have a chance to help young adults grow and help them in their lessons and their walk and helping them to be the best they can be,” Morefield said. “We do our best to help prepare them for when we send them off into the world.”