Lady Engineers pose "big" problem for opponents this season

The Lady Engineer return two seniors in Erica Belyea and Christana Valliant. James Barrett. (click for larger version)
December 09, 2013
WOODSVILLE — Coming into the new hoops season, the Woodsville Lady Engineers are as strong and as gritty as they have ever been. With a solid group of "bigs" they look as though they are going to cause fits for the opposing teams this season.

Head coach Jim Kinder takes over the team once again this season and with a clear plan and firm direction, the Woodsville Lady Engineers seem poised to win, and win a lot.

"We have the effort, the passion, the desire and the athleticism to win this season," Kinder implored. "But what we need is better communication."

That final "addition" came in response to his team's inability to mark up when in its man-to-man defense in the regular season opener against the Profile Patriots on Friday, Dec. 6.

"The girls needed to let each other know who is marking who and let each other know effectively," Kinder said.

Despite the difficulty in the aspect of their game, the Lady Engineers went on to beat the Patriots, 45-25 in a pretty decisive fashion. The majority of the Lady Engineers' points stemmed from a great offensive attack that utilized the massive height advantage that the Lady Engineers held over the Patriots. Numerous times the Engineers out-rebounded the Patriots to get second, third and even fourth chances on missed shots.

"I knew we would have that going for us this season," Kinder replied. "It is a great thing to have two bigs, and we have four."

The total numbers are down this year for the program, but they have "a strong nucleus of players that are more than capable of setting the level of performance for the team."

Coach Kinder continued, "My group of girls is fun to coach this year and they are extremely competitive. They could be playing golf or Frisbee and they would still be competitive. But at the same time, they are the most respectful group of athletes a coach could ask for."

Leading the charge for the Lady Engineers in their final year of high school as seniors are Erica Belyea and Christana Valliant. Both Belyea and Valliant play a gritty brand of basketball and are very capable of putting up points.

Another impressive aspect of the Lady Engineers is their depth despite the low turnout this year. With only seven players at the varsity level, the Engineers will play, aside from the previously mentioned seniors, three juniors in Samantha Thurston, Maggie Kinder and Lottie Page. As for sophomores on the team, Tori Clough and Dee Martin will both be starting for the Lady Engineers.

All of the players on the Lady Engineers bring skill, grit and playoff experience to the table this season as many of them have either won a championship in the past year playing softball, or reached the championships in soccer. That experience, coach Kinder believes ,"carries over" to this team as well.

The Engineers are now 1-0 on the season after their victory over Profile. They will continue their season on Friday, Dec. 13, when they make the trip to Groveton to take on the Eagles at 5:30 p.m.

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