He added that his team will improve offensively once it gets more comfortable with some new offensive sets.
“We were just a little sluggish offensively,” he said. “We’re trying to put in some new stuff. We knew we were going to struggle with that, and when shots aren’t falling, it’s even more of a grind.”
Though St. Anthony struggled at times against Newton’s press, Wiedman credited the Bulldogs’ JV team for making sure the team didn’t repeat last year’s 35+ turnover performance against Newton.
“We had our entire JV team, nine other girls out on the floor, working on our five, trying to break (the press),” he said. “We did that for 20-25 minutes straight.”
Wiedman added that sharing the ball was a key to the Bulldogs’ improved offensive effort. Makayla Walsh added 10 points for St. Anthony, Kate Richards had nine points, and seven total St. Anthony players ended up scoring in the game.
“That’s fantastic,” he said. “One of the keys to making us better is driving and dishing. I thought we did a really good job of that tonight.”
Morgan Swingler led the way for Newton, notching 15 points in the loss. Tara Wirth added eight points and Megan Jansen had four points for the Eagles.