Markesan Girls Doing It With Defense

The Markesan girls basketball team is off to a 4-1 start this season.

“It’s been a solid start to the year for us as a team.  We had a tough one the other night at Westfield but besides that we have been playing good basketball.”  Coach Patrick Van Daalwyk told  “We were definitely efficient in our early practices this year.  I told the girls right away from day one that our schedule is so crazy with the shortened season with the WIAA and we’re trying to get 23 or 24 games in essentially three less weeks than we are used to. We have to make the most of every night when we show up and practice, and credit to them, they did that for sure.  We were prepared and ready to play from the start.”

The Hornets have been getting done on the defensive end so far this season, holding their opponents under 40 points in their four victories.   That run included a 64-13 win over Horicon and a 38-22 grinder against Fall River.

“We’ve told the girls since day one, you have to earn the right to play offense on the defensive end of the floor and credit to them they battle their tails off on the defensive end and I think that’s why we’ve seen a lot of what we’ve seen so far this year.” Van Daalwyk said.

First team All-Trailways West pick Gracie Mast is off to a fast start during her senior season averaging 21 points per game to pace the Hornets offense.  The Hornets have seven other girls on this year squad that are averaging between two and five points per contest.

Markesan was picked 5th in the Trailways West by in their preseason preview

The Hornets travel to Cambria-Friesland tonight.


Click here to see the 2020-21 Markesan Girls Basketball Roster

Click the link below to hear from Markesan girls basketball coach Patrick Van Daalwyk

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