HARDER: One more time

By Paul Harder, The Observer December 09, 2013 09:49 am

Encore anyone? 

We’ll have to wait and see, but the Union girls basketball team looked pretty impressive at the Lions Club Tournament hosted in its home gym this weekend.

All eyes were on junior Keesha Sarman, and for good reason. She’s the reigning Class 2A Player of the Year, she led the Bobcats to a pair of wins.

Sarman didn’t disappoint. She drove to the basket, rebounded and distributed the ball just like last season when the Bobcats advanced to the state championship game. She led her team in scoring in both wins, scoring 22 points in the opening game against Crane and 21 against Powder Valley. It’s not just her shot that sets her apart. Sarman is adept at driving to the basket, and her motor creates turnovers on defense. Her ball handling allows the Bobcats to push the ball up the floor to create immense pressure on opposing defenses. 

The big question wasn’t will Sarman live up to the expectations, but would there be enough around her this season to fuel another run. For now, the jury is still out. Mainly because it’s a wait-and-see game until Union has its full compliment of players. They’ll need every weapon they have because teams will be gunning for Sarman. 

Junior Carsyon Roberts is waiting to be cleared following a shoulder injury. Roberts blossomed at the state tournament last season, not only showing great toughness, but the desire to take the big shot. Roberts is a player that can play the point-forward position. She can dribble the ball well and go down low to grab rebounds.

With the graduation of Dani Sturm and Kaci Langford, scoring was going to be the question. While Sarman is good for 15 to 20 points a game, that’s not going to amount to many wins. 

That’s where Sarah Good enters the picture. The junior was pivotal in both wins. Good scored 12 points in the opening game, and put in 20 points in the championship game. What was most impressive during the game against Crane Friday was that she didn’t give up on her shot. Despite a rough opening quarter and a half, she kept shooting. Good keyed a run into halftime to put Union up five. 

She did the same thing scoring 11 in the third quarter of the championship game.

Her play along with Sarman will allow the other players more time to develop without added pressure to score.

Sophomore Ellie Wells and freshman Delanie Kohr will give the Bobcats more offense in time. Another player to watch will be Rebecca Sanders. The senior showed she can do some things in the paint, and with a little more time, playing in her first varsity season, could be a top rebounder.

Obviously, there’s still a lot of basketball to be played, but Union should be poised for another playoff run.

And the great news for Sarman is, it’s not all on her shoulders.

She did the same thing scoring 11 in the third quarter of the championship game.

Her play along with Sarman will allow the other players more time to develop without added pressure to score.

Sophomore Ellie Wells and freshman Delanie Kohr will give the Bobcats more offense in time. Another player to watch will be Rebecca Sanders. The senior showed she can do some things in the paint, and with a little more time, playing in her first varsity season, could be a top rebounder.

Obviously, there’s still a lot of basketball to be played, but Union should be poised for another playoff run.

And the great news for Sarman is, it’s not all on her shoulders.