The Camanche girls basketball program has a new face, but a familiar one.
Former Clinton High School tennis coach Andrew Carbajal took over the head coach job over the summer but is familiar with the the program and the school. Carbajal is actually a Camanche High School graduate and coached junior varsity girls basketball previously, along with a handful of other sports. He was the head coach at Prince of Peace for a while too.
He also lives in Camanche.
Carbajal was first going to move across the state ,but his situation changed. When he saw a teaching job and a coaching position open up, everything aligned.
“This is the first time since I was at Prince of Peace that I’ve had my own program,” Carbajal said. “I want to implement things that will help in the future to be competitive with teams like Cascade. I want to be able to compete with those.”
Carbajal is working with decent numbers. He originally expected to have single digits on the varsity roster, but he had 20 throughout the entire program.
“I’m excited to have the numbers and I have a lot of good girls out,” Carbajal said.
Still, the roster is taking on a different look. The Indians went 10-11 last year, but lost two main ball handlers and their top rebounder.
Madi Parson, Hanna Nissen and Cam Carstensen accounted for the top three scorers last season, and Nissen and Parson led the team in rebounds.
That leaves a handful of returners and a lot of new faces.
“They’re super young and basketball might not be their first sport,” Carbajal said. “Multisport athletes are awesome. Hopefully we can turn their perspective and give them a love for basketball. We need them to get bought in and learn the style of play.”
Tarah Wehde is back for her second year at the varsity level. She was the third leading rebounder and was capable of putting up points.
Emy Seeser is the top scoring returner, averaging six points a game.
Carbajal also has multisport athletes Maci Sloane and Lauren Snyder returning. He’s looking for a heavy contribution from his guards and their outside game.
“When I coached with Todd Borrison here he really liked to run and gun,” Carbajal said. “I want to work on that.
“I’m putting an offense together that will hopefully give them time to shoot. They all want to shoot it’s just understanding how to instead of just chucking.”
Rebounding will also big a big key. All-stater Madi Parson did a huge portion of it. He has some length on the court, but needs more physicality out of his athletes.
“We probably were out rebounded by 25,” Carbajal said. “They understand we need to work on it and they’ll have consequences if they’re not rebounding.”