The Boone girls did put some work in over the summer, Sandvig and Slight is who I saw most of in open gym. A freshman that is on the rise who you will hear from by the time she graduates is Caitlynne Shadle. She already averages 5.1 points per game, Shadle brings some offensive firepower.
At the beginning of the season coach McPartland had to fill some crucial spots even though all the seniors from the class of 2014 did not start they played big minutes in each game. Leeds was the other start along with McPartland, Overland, Sandvig, and Slight. Coach had to fill in Leeds’ role along with two post players. His young players had to be successful so his team could compete and become above average. He had to put them in a system where they could strive and be consistent. I think he has the right formula because they are seven and four through eleven games and they have beaten everyone they were supposed to beat. Losing to Winterset was a bit of a set back but Mariah Criswell was a bit too much for his squad to contain. Winterset is a good team I say it was a step back because they were in complete control of the situation and it just slipped away.
McPartland is a good coach because he is evolving with the times, he runs a two-three zone and shoots the three exclusively. His daughter, Mariah, and Serena Sandvig get theirs on the block. The offense is ran to get Overland and Slight threes. It all makes sense he has changed with time, he did not get stuck in old ways to play basketball. There are one hundred different styles and combinations to play the game you must adapt to your players skill set. I think McPartland has done a very good job doing so.
This season has gone pretty well from the outside looking in, the team is seven and four and I think they might struggle with Ballard and Carlisle but if the zone and the team is shooting well that night anything can happen. The method to madness is get a driver, two shooters and two posts, the Toreadors have that. Lets say they get a really good draw for the playoffs, there is a good chance this team could really do something if the stars align right. Boone basketball will hopefully get to prominence, and hopefully it is at the hands of McPartland because he is coaching the right way and he understands his girls’. If he is allotted enough time the girls program will trend up, and Boone will be considered as a Harlan or a Carlisle and hopefully competing in Des Moines come late February.