As we inch closer to the potential beginning of the 2021 basketball season, D9Sports.com took some time to catch up with area coaches to ask them some questions about the upcoming season. Venango Catholic’s girls team is young and undersized, but their strong fundamental play and tremendous dedication to boxing out more than compensates for their weaknesses, making the Vikings a tough opponent.
Venango Catholic Vikings
Coach: Skip Homan
Last Season: 1-18 (1-9 KSAC North, 5th)
New head coach Skip Homan’s Venango Catholic squad has only seven players, five of whom are freshman. Despite the perceived challenge, most of Homan’s younger players have played alongside one another since elementary school, ensuring that they have the chemistry necessary for good team play. Homan will hope that his team’s close comradery will create a solid foundation for the future while providing consistent results in 2021.
The Vikings are an undersized team, and Homan is emphasizing the importance of boxing out in order to compete on the boards. Physicality often trumps size down low, and Venango Catholic should be well equipped to secure rebounds against larger opponents. Homan also has faith in his team’s strong base in the fundamentals, which should allow Venango Catholic to avoid cheap turnovers and lead to more consistent play.
The Vikings have a young team, but their strong chemistry and fundamental play should have them in the mix in the KSAC North.