NLA basketball girls looking to improve

Head coach Jeff Beimert said there are three main focuses for the North Lakes Academy girls basketball team this season: Be honest with themselves in the gym, hustle and play with heart.

To do that, the Huskies will look to senior captains Miranda McGlade, Nicole Rimes and Abbey Millerbernd, all of whom lead by example, according to the head coach.

“Miranda is a ‘do-it-all-player,’” Beimert said. “She was our leading scorer two years ago before hurting her ankle, and we are excited to have her back.”

McGlade will drift between guard and wing while Rimes and Millerbernd will hold down the fort from the blocks with their strength and rebounding.
Sophomore Liv Dufour will man the offense at point guard with her ability to attack the basket. Junior Alex Munkelwitz will help out at off guard, while sophomore Katie Alamo is expected to contribute as small forward.

Overall, Beimert is pleased with the outlook this year.

“We have strength in leadership, hustle and an overall will and want to play,” Beimert said. “Within the game, our strengths are defense and rebounding. We don’t have a lot of height, but we have some good size on the inside.”

Last year, the Huskies went 2-22 with two wins over Learning for Leadership.

This season, Beimert said he is hoping to slow things down on both sides of the ball.

“We’re going to focus on more solid zone defense instead of man-to-man,” Beimert said. “We’re not going to pressure as much full court and slow it down on offense rather than pushing and losing control.”

The Huskies hope to finish in the top half of the Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference this winter. They opened their season on Tuesday night at home against Minnesota Transitions Charter and next travel for a 7 p.m. matchup against West Lutheran on Friday, Dec. 6.