Lady Bobcats’ junior welcomes clearly defined role
With a new coach on board, the Basehor-Linwood High School girls basketball players are going through a lot of changes this year.
But junior Erin Shore, who's learning a new position, is going through more than the rest.
Shore is what is known as -- in basketball terminology -- a "tweener." That is, a player for whom there's no one position. She has the height to play inside with the post players, but also has the quickness to play out on the perimeter with the guards. In the past she's played mostly guard, but this year BLHS coach Tami Holthus wants her athleticism inside.
"This is my first year as a post so it's a lot different, but I'm going to work my hardest to become a good post," Shore said.
According to Holthus, Shore is no stranger to hard work. She said the junior is one of the team leaders in terms of the effort she puts into every practice.
"I'm seeing that she has an understanding of the work that is required," Holthus said. "We had quite a few of our young ladies participate in a summer league and I saw great things from her. I especially took note of her defensive abilities. She plays hard on both ends of the court."
Shore may be one of the best fits physically for Holthus' defensive style, which emphasizes man-to-man guarding abilities. With her versatility she should be able to harass taller players with her quickness and bother shorter players with her length. Plus, she says she's excited about playing more man-to-man defense.
"I think we'll get more turnovers and put more pressure on opposing teams," Shore said.
Shore added that defense had been a big emphasis during Holthus' short tenure as coach, but new offensive wrinkles had been added, as well. She said there would be more motion in the offense, which hopefully would lead to more open looks.
Shore and the Lady Bobcats had both their offense and defense clicking in a competitive season opener. BLHS faced powerful Pembroke Hill, a team that went 27-3 last year on its way to becoming Missouri's Class 3 champions. Shore had a tough assignment in her first game as a post, guarding a much bigger player. She held her own well, though, using her quickness to nab three steals. She also scored eight points on 3-3 from the field and 2-2 from the free-throw line.
The opener versus Pembroke might have been a preview of things to come for Shore. She may find herself matched up against larger opponents often, but has already shown the intensity necessary to push people off the block. Much of Basehor-Linwood's inside play might depend on her keeping that intensity for the length of the season.