The Mineral County High girls basketball team season is off to a shaky start.

Kelsey Vianni-Whittwer drives down the court during the Serpent Classic. The Lady Serpents went 2-3 during the annual tournament. (C.W. Wilkinson photo)

The Mineral County High girls basketball team season is off to a shaky start.

The team suited up five times during the Serpent Classic tournament in Hawthorne and was only able to bring in a pair of wins.

The tournament was largely a practice affair. There was no bracket, and the games don’t count against any teams record.

But despite the shaky start, coach Foster Kenton sees a strong season in the cards for his team.

“I was pleased with it, I was pleased with how we progressed each game,” he said.

Through the fierce competition, Kenton said he was happy that his team rose to meet challenges from larger teams.

“I expected it to be very competitive,” he said. “We played a couple teams that were bigger than us, a couple teams that were the same size as us, and I was happy. I was happy with the way the results went. I can’t be disappointed, the girls worked hard.”

Kenton said some of the teams troubles came from an inexperienced, but improving, bench.

“I don’t have a deep bench,” he said. “I have a young bench, I have a bench that doesn’t have a lot of experience, but overall I was happy with the way we performed. Each game we made progress, so I was pleased with that.”

Many of the players also struggle with the complex motion offense that Kenton runs, he said.

“Hopefully we can fine tune that and get that down. Once we get that down things are going to be a lot easier for us,” he said.

But even through the difficulties, Kenton said his player, especially the freshmen and sophomores, stepped up and played hard when it counted.

“There was a lot of pressure on them, they were nervous, and I can’t complain about that, I was very pleased with their performance,” he said.

After the tournament, Kenton said he will refocus his team’s efforts on defense, the primary feature of which will be a full court press.

“We’re going to press a lot, [and] we’re hopefully going to get some easy baskets from that,” he said. “We’re going to press every single day and work on our defense a lot.”

The Lady Serpents traveled to Bishop, Calif. and Yerington on Dec. 10 and 11; and will open conference play on Dec. 18.