MORTON - The Lady Fishermen non-league basketball game slated for Jan. 3 at Morton was postponed due to icy road conditions. There was no word at press time as to when the contest would be made up.
Coach Glenn Padgett was anticipating more pressure defense and fewer zones as his team entered Trico League play Jan. 6 against highly-touted LaCenter. "I think we can be as good as anybody," Padgett said. "We just have to believe that we are."
Padgett felt that winning at home was the key to qualifying for District IV play in March.
"I am hoping we can get solid contributions from our bench, go inside with our offense and have our defense pressure the other team's guards.
"We don't have any magic tricks. We just have to keep working hard to do well in league. I am pleased with what we have accomplished so far." Ilwaco is 6-1 entering the Trico, including four wins by three points or less.
Padgett, who coached the past 10 seasons in Kake, Alaska, said the main difference in his new assignment is that there is a higher talent level in southwest Washington hoops.
"In Alaska, the kids had no where else to go but the gym, so they spent a lot of time there. We played the same style of basketball, but didn't have the talented girls we have at Ilwaco to carry it out."
In Alaska, Padgett's teams played a tournament in December and made three week-long trips during the season to play from four to six games with several other teams in a central location. He explained the teams usually went by ferry and brought their school work along.
"The players had three-hour study tables and helped each other or came to me for help with their classes," he explained. "If they didn't keep up on their work while we were traveling, then they didn't go on the next trip."