First-year Hastings College head women’s basketball coach Carrie Hofstetter knows it’s going to be a learning process this year, not only for herself, but for the Broncos, as they try to learn Hofstetter’s new offensive and defensive systems.
One of the first tasks on Hofstetter’s checklist is instilling a new level of confidence, aggressiveness and a physical style of play — one that was consistent with the Bronco championship teams when Hofstetter was a player and an assistant coach.
If Saturday’s Great Plains Athletic Conference opener between the NAIA Division II No. 18 Broncos and No. 5 Morningside is any indication — the Broncos are yet to completely check those areas off the new coach’s to-do list.
Hastings came out of the gate hot Saturday at Lynn Farrell Arena, before eventually cooling down and allowing the Mustangs to rally. Morningside posted the 74-66 victory over Hastings, dropping the Broncos to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in the conference. The Mustangs improved to 4-0 overall, 1-0 in the GPAC.
“It’s been the common theme so far, and it’s very frustrating, that we’re not taking care of the ball,” Hofstetter said. “If we can find a way to minimize the turnovers and if we can start hitting our free throws ... we need to capitalize on the opportunities that we have.”