Niagara Gazette


December 19, 2012

GI's Oursler steps into larger role


Niagara Gazette — Because of the Vikings’ inexperience at guard, she’s had to adjust to creating more shots for herself. She said she’s been working on a few things in particular, including putting the ball on the floor and going left with more authority.

“I have to try out a bunch of different moves, and I’m working toward that,” she said. “I’ve been working on my left because people say I always goes right, so that’s been a big focus. ... I need to keep getting better at finishing when I get the ball, strong moves to the basket.

“I think it’ll help prepare me for college because I know it’ll be tougher all-around because defensively, teams are sending more girls at me and focusing on stopping me.”

“I’ve always told her to go to the next level she’s going to have to learn to put the ball on the floor both right and left and develop a consistent 10- to 15-foot jump shot,” Roth added. “We haven’t seen that on a consistent basis yet, but she’s a little more active this year and working on those things.”

The work she’s put into her game, coupled with the experience of being a four-year varsity starter and summers filled with AAU ball, earned Oursler the chance to play in Division I.

Grand Island’s coach, Jenepher Banker, says she can keep improving.

“She’s always had the size, but she’s working a lot harder this year,” she said. “She’s becoming a better leader and her effort has been a lot better this year.

“Down the road, she won’t have the opportunities (to score) she has at the high school level, but if she’s working hard, I think the sky’s the limit.”

Follow high school sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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