Solano freshman Shannon Rankin is making quite an impact in her first year with the program. In her first college game, the 5-10 forward from Napa High scored 17 points and added 6 rebounds and 2 steals against perennial powerhouse Fresno City College. She’s a solid player who the coaching staff is excited about.
Shannon took some time out of her busy schedule to talk about the season so far
What has the team been working on as a team since the Fresno City game?
We’ve been working even harder on our transition defense and just defense in general like our rotations in the half court.
What did you learn from the Fresno City game?
I think the first game was a real eye opener for me. It made everything that coach said to us during practices come to life. It showed me that teams were smarter, quicker, and more fundamentally sound. We have to be even smarter, quicker and more fundamentally sound than them in order to win basketball games. It put everything into perspective and helped me understand how much harder we have to work individually and as a team to be successful.
What are your goals, and the team’s goals, as the season progresses?
I try to always be positive and keep the energy up. It’s always hard to recover when there is negativity in the air so it’s extremely important to try and keep that away no matter how things may be going. As a team we’ve been talking about just needing to practice harder. We know we have the potential to be a great basketball team, but we need to put the pieces to the puzzle together before we can achieve that. I think we’re close, and I’m excited to see how it ends up.