BANGOR – Chris Woodside preaches team over individual.
“If somethings not going well for you make something go well for your teammate,” John Bapst girls basketball head coach.
It’s no wonder he’s quoting Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
“We track our hustle and things that we do in practice so the five that do the most are the five that are starting,” Woodside said.
It’s something he did last year, his first at John Bapst.
No matter who he plugs in this version of the Crusaders will be totally different.
“We might struggle a little bit more in the beginning just because we don’t have the advantage of having the seven people who played with us last year,” center Sydney Ellis said.
Not a single starter returns from a team that earned the No. 2 seed entering last year’s tournament.
While they’ll have to plug some holes, the Crusaders energy is back.
“It’s a priority for us so as someone who sat on the bench last year a lot it was a good thing to learn that energy keeps us going and to try to keep it in the game,” Ellis said.
Ellis and Tianna Cyr will be thrust into big minute roles this year and have the full confidence of their head coach.
“Excited to try my best and help lead them but at the same time a little nervous but just going to work hard and show them lead by example,” Cyr said.
“You’re not coming in with clear, I know someone again as I mentioned that’s going to score 20. There are people there that have that skill it’s how quickly they believe,” Woodside said.
John Bapst kicks off its season Dec. 7 against Foxcroft.