'We can do a lot' - Lady Marlins look for promising season on the court

Tina Harbuck

The Destin Middle School Marlins have a good mix on the court this season with hopes of a good outcome for the girls basketball season.

“I’m really excited,” said first-year basketball coach Kersten Bowman.

“We have a lot of people that play year-round and we also have a lot of new people,” she said.

Sam Sherer and Maya Sherwood are just a couple of the girls that play year round, while Kambry Smith is new to the basketball court.

“Kambry has not played before, but she’s a good athlete and she’s so fast,” Bowman said. Kambry was part of the Destin Middle School girls cross country team who recently captured first place honors at the state competition.

The girls have been in the gym for the last three or four weeks, putting in two-hour sessions of drills and conditioning.

They have also had a couple of pre-season scrimmages.

“We went 1 and 1 on our scrimmages,” she said. “We beat Ruckel and then lost to Lewis in overtime, which was a lot of fun.”

The backbone thus far for the Lady Marlins appears to be in the guard position.

“Our guards right now are definitely our strength. There shot range is good for their age and they are pretty consistent. And their form is good,” Bowman said.

“Basically the nut to our game is going to be our perimeter.

“But we’re learning a lot and our post are bigger this year than they were last year, which is good,” she said.

The Marlins also look to be aggressive and get up and down the floor quickly.

“We’ve got a lot of control and a lot of speed. We have several point guards on our team who are not afraid to be aggressive and drive through the middle and shoot on the perimeter. So it’s going to be tricky for our defenders to know what to expect, because we can do a lot,” Bowman said.

And one of the things they do well is shoot.

“We’ve got some good shooters,” she said, noting that Sam Sherer, Maya Sherwood and Taylor Klosterman are good shooters.

“Kaylin (Winter) is learning very well how to shoot and Avery (Pohl) has very good form,” she added.

“I’m just excited and looking forward to what is going to happen,” Bowman said.

The Marlins will get their first official test Thursday when they tip off their season at home at 5 p.m. against the Bruner Spartans.

Maya Sherwood

Sam Sherer

Kaylin Winter

Ashelyn Heydt

Veronika Kostur

Rylee Brown

Kambry Smith

Taylor Klosterman

Mae Genobili

Avery Pohl