Good morning from The Furtado Center. With a flight to Chicago scheduled for this afternoon, the Storm is getting its work in early today. There is, I would say, a little added urgency in the air with the first preseason game scheduled for tomorrow.
A couple of practice guys are here, so they may have been on the floor earlier, but for now we’ve split into two squads. After some drilling in the half-court, we’re into a five-minute scrimmage keeping score. On the court wearing white are your likely starters tomorrow – Kimberly Beck, Sheryl Swoopes, Katie Gearlds, Shyra Ely and Yolanda Griffith. In black are Dee Davis, Allie Quigley, Kristen O’Neill, Leah Rush and Ashley Robinson. The rest of the roster rotated in and out.
Coach Agler is clearly trying to get the players thinking like a game situation, explaining that because he’s calling out the plays, it is like when they have an opposing team’s playcall scouted and need to adjust accordingly. And, working against their teammates, they should already have the scout in terms of skills.
After splitting up to shoot free throws, we’re finished and players are coaches are ready to get going for the bus to the airport and on to Chicago.