High expectations for girls basketball season
Excert from an article by Joseph Hayes, Port Huron Times Herald USA TODAY NETWORK — MICHIGAN
November 27, 2017
A new high school basketball season is underway.
On Monday, the Michigan High School Athletic Association girls basketball season began, with teams competing around the state.
Locally, most teams were still at practice for the season, with their games beginning later this week. But with the new season comes more expectations for the best-of-the-best programs in the Blue Water Area.
Each season, that conversation normally centers on Port Huron Northern and the tremendous strides the Huskies have made under coach Mark Dickinson.
“It’s always exciting to get going again,” Dickinson said. “We have tried to create a group of 10 players that can play. We feel we have a solid, core group of 10 so when we substitute, our pace doesn’t drop off.
“We have tried to develop a program instead of a team. Our coaches have done a great job. We like to roll out two lines like hockey and keep coming with two or three new people every few minutes. For us it’s always been defense first and we want to wear teams down.”
Northern will face Marysville at 7 p.m. Wednesday to open the season. The Huskies return a balanced lineup featuring four seniors and seven juniors. The Huskies hope facing the Vikings along with several other tough programs will prepare them to compete in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.
“Our goal is always the same,” coach Dickinson said. “We want to compete and win the MAC Red championship. We want to win our holiday tournament and then we want to go on and win districts and advance.
“It’s tough. But our goals don’t change from year to year.”