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Lande looks to establish program's identity
For the first time in 18 years, Bainbridge has a new face at the helm of the girls basketball program.
Terry Lande, who coached Marist High School in Eugene, Ore., from 1990 to 2003, takes over a young team that finished 17-6 last season.
The Spartans graduated four starters from last year’s squad, including all-state forward Brittany Gray.
“We’re starting over again,” Lande said. “The rebounding, assists, every stat, 90 percent of them are gone. It was pretty much a five-person, six-person team last year. Not a lot of kids got a lot of time.”
Since assuming the head coaching position in the spring, Lande said he has seen significant improvement in his players.
“The difference between what we saw last spring and today is night and day, so we’ve come miles from last spring to where we are today,” he said.
Lande likes his players to run on offense, but acknowledges that may not be possible at first.
“We’re going to be teaching them about five or six new offenses, plus about 20 to 30 set plays, plus two completely different kinds of defense which are really cerebral,” Lande said. “The match-up zone is a difficult thing to play. So we’re throwing a lot of information at kids, and they’ve never done any of this stuff before.”
While the Spartans are a young squad, with only three seniors and two juniors, Lande expects the same effort and composure he would demand from an experienced team.
“We don’t want to get outhustled in anything,” Lande said. “Somebody might out-talent us, have more athletic ability than us, and they may get there first, but we’re going to get there as much as we can get there.”
Lande will look to seniors Kas Torturo, Rebecca Sharar and Mallory Farrar to lead the program. Torturo and Sharar are the team’s only returning seniors. Farrar, who didn’t play last year, is known as a “defensive stopper,” Lande said.
“The seniors own the program,” Lande said. “All three of them are very smart kids. They worked for four years. They deserve to have the leadership of the program.”
The Spartans will have the on-court leadership of point guard Morgan Moniz, the team’s only returning starter.
“That’s good news for us,” Lande said. “She’s really coming a long way.”
Lande also expects sophomore Hannah Depew to make an impact this season.
“(Hannah’s) going to be an immensely talented wing, perimeter player,” Lande said. “She’s a good scorer, very good quickness.”
Freshman Grace Kenyon has great potential, Lande said.
“She’s a real talented freshman, has no idea how good she can be yet,” he said. “She’s going to be a really fine player. She’s doing things – and I’ve coached for a long time – that I’ve never seen.”
With a little more than a week remaining until their Dec. 1 home opener against Sequim, Lande said the Spartans will focus on improving in every practice, and getting used to routines of the season.
“You want the kids not to get caught up on what they don’t know, but to get caught up on what they do know,” Lande said. “Focus on that, and try to find any success points.”
The Spartans will begin Metro League play on Dec. 4 at Eastside Catholic. Bainbridge will face its first Metro Sound division opponent Dec. 5 when the team hosts Rainier Beach.
For Lande, the Sequim game will be a test of how much the team has learned in its few weeks of practice.
“I have no idea if Sequim is any good or not, it doesn’t matter to me,” Lande said. “I need to figure out how good we are.”