Fans got a glimpse of what the Verona girls basketball team may look like next season.
Verona plays in a five-week summer league, where the Wildcats play three games a night with a 30-minute running clock. On Tuesday, June 18, in the second week of the summer league, Verona hosted Sauk Prairie, Madison La Follette and Madison Memorial. The Wildcats looked to push the ball on the break en route to a 46-36 win over Sauk Prairie. Verona did a lot of damage in transition.
Coach Angie Murphy said the players on the team are varsity candidates for next season.
“The point of it (summer league) is to find out what our strengths and weaknesses are as players,” Murphy said. “From that we can tell what we need to focus on for next year.”
Murphy won’t automatically have the players run the same offensive sets next season as they did last year.
“Each year, we try to fit the kids into a system,” she said.
Rayna Briggs, who will be a senior for Verona next year, enjoys the opportunity to improve her game over the summer with her teammates.
“I feel like the last two minutes is about shutting it out,” Briggs said. “It’s not really about winning. When it gets to that end-of-the-year summer league tournament, we want a good seed.”
Murphy said after the first couple of weeks of summer league court spacing is an issue.
With busy summers, there are a lot of commitments for athletes in the summer. Many players juggle playing other sports, jobs and summer vacations around summer league.
Murphy said if Verona wins the league, that doesn’t mean it will translate to success in the winter.
“The year we won state we finished 19th in the summer league,” she said.
Briggs said she is continuing to work on her shooting and defense.
“I’m making sure my shot is still there because I worked a lot on it last summer,” Briggs said.
Verona will play three games at Oregon High School Tuesday, June 25.