Roseburg girls start a rebuild

Josh Nutter, Editor-In-Chief

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The coach Dane Tornell era at Roseburg has begun at a time coinciding with a young and inexperienced group of players comprising most of the roster. Only three seniors are on the team this year and only two play significant minutes. Roseburg graduated three starters last season and lost four players who would have been returning seniors, so instead of having a senior laden roster loaded with experience, the team relies on first year varsity players.

Junior point guard Emma Vredenburg has largely filled Jalen Robles’ shoes on the defensive end , and actually improved Roseburg’s defense at the point of attack. The rest of the Roseburg defense overall has struggled this year. The Indians give up 56 points per game and are only scoring 36 per game. The team’s struggles on the offensive end likely fall on the Indians’ lack of size. Only one player on the roster breaks 5’10” and they start three players in the frontcourt against much taller teams.

The team went 2-11 in non-league play and Southwest Conference play will be no easier, South Medford ranks No. 2 in the state and Sheldon ranks No. 6, and Roseburg plays them each twice. Sheldon dismembered the Roseburg defense 92-26 in the two teams’ first meeting.

The team will have to fight and find ways to get more shots to fall as SWC play rages on. The Indians have two more matchups with South Medford, who scores 70 points per game currently. Grants Pass is also ranked No. 10 currently and will likely have more than enough to overwhelm Roseburg. North Medford sits at 7-8 currently and presents Roseburg their best chance to earn a conference win. The roster is young in 2019, a blessing for the future but a curse to the present.

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