Bohm says future looks bright for Lady Jaguars
Trying to keep a positive frame of mind was difficult for the 2000-2001 Mill Valley girls, but Matt Bohm quickly put a positive perspective on a winless inaugural season.
"It was a year of learning for all of us," said Bohm. "I think it was a year of learning and figuring out where we were."
The Lady Jaguars capped the season with a first-round sub-state loss to Piper, leaving the squad winless on the year at 0-21.
Difficulties were fast and furious as the Jaguars overcame playing without and against familiar faces, as well as breaking in a new facility. Erected within the new school was a sparkling new gymnasium, with bleachers surrounding three-quarters of the court.
"All our home games were basically like road games because we weren't used to the surroundings yet," Bohm said.
On top of the new scenery, the girls had to open up against their once former classmates in DeSoto.
"There was so much emotion to start the season out with DeSoto because they've been playing with these girls forever," Bohm said. "Emotionally, it was tough, but I thought we could have gotten them in that game."
Facing the Wildcats meant playing without former teammate Tiffany Bernard, who elected to stay at DeSoto when the school district split into two high schools.
"They've been playing six or seven years with her, and all of a sudden they were thrusted into the limelight," Bohm said. "It was kind of tough on them.
A theme of starting slow, falling behind and playing catch-up became repetitious for Mill Valley, but there were a few contests where the Jaguars battled hard.
At the Basehor-Linwood Invitational, the Lady Jaguars nearly knocked off the host Bobcats with a scorching shooting performance early and taking a 16-10 first quarter lead. Hopes of a win quickly were erased by halftime.
In the seventh-place game, the Jaguars scraped hard with Paseo Academy, but Mill Valley could not take advantage of multiple miscues created by Paseo.
"I think the Basehor and Paseo games were two we could have definitely won," Bohm said.
Wins were registered within the program on the freshman level, which lost only three games on the season, while other underclassmen showed a promising future for Mill Valley.
"There's a lot of young kids that stepped up and I was really excited about our freshmen team," Bohm said. "That's a positive note and our sophomores and juniors played hard all season, so I think the future looks bright."