Mackay High School
Conference: 1AD2 Rocky Mountain Conference
Classification: 1A D2
Head Coach: Leigh Patterson
Years as Head Coach: 1
Previous Experience: Coached at various levels Frosh-Varsity @ Kuna High School 14 seasons
Record Last Year: 17-7
Who do you have coming back this year?
Sarah Thomas (G, 12, 5’9)
Alex Nelson (P, 12, 5’9)
Chelbee Rosenkrance (W, 11 5’9)
Cheyan James (P, 11, 5’11)
Any Returning Players with Honors?
Sarah Thomas Honorable Mention All Conference
Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
We graduated 4 seniors that were all contributors in their 3rd place state finish last year
Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Morgan Betzer (G, 9, 5’6)
Kali Gamett (W, 9, 5’6)
Libby Moorman (P, 9, 5’10)
Photo By: Steve Conner - #22 Sarah Thomas
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
Sarah Thomas is an athlete that can play inside as well as shoot the ball she will take the lead at point guard. Chelbee Rosenkrance can also play inside as well as out. We have strong posts Cheyan James and Alex Nelson who can compete down low and will cause some match-up problems for teams.
Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
We want to be fundamentally sound and take care of the basketball.
As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
We must be able to communicate and work as a cohesive unit.
Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Communication is key. We must know what each of our teammates’ are doing to assist each other in stopping other teams.
Does your team have a motto/theme for the upcoming season?
Touch Every Line
What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
Their willingness to work for a common cause.
What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school basketball?
I love the relationships and unity gained through battling day in and day out for a common goal.
What makes your school the best place to coach for?
I was told by a wise old coach Jerry Krause (University of Gonzaga Director of basketball operations) That the "big time" is where you’re at.