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YVCC: Taking Practice to Another Level

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima Valley Community College women's basketball team has a proven formula for succes and it all starts with good practice.

They hope all that work outside of games makes the difference when the points count. When it comes to playing time at YVCC, it's not how you perform in the game that counts. What matters most is how you execute the drills during practice. That's right, practice.

There are teachable moments in practice. That's what the Yaks thrive on. Those who excel during practice are given a chance to prove themselves when the lights are brightest.

"We make people prove themselves in practice," said Yaks Head Coach Cody Butler. "We're a program where we try to get better every single day, and you get that done in practice. So, if they prove themselves in practice then they get a shot at it in the game."

Coach doesn't mind the competition from within. It forces players to prove they deserve to start.

"For Cody to make that apart of the game, it''s just like everyday practice is more competitive," said Sophomore Guard Anna Marchbanks. Girls are hitting each other in the face because they're like, 'That's my spot. I wanna keep my spot, or I think I should be a starter'."

It's a philosophy that results in a different starting line up every night. Clearly, it pays off. Three of the past 4 years YVCC has claimed the Eastern Region title, including a 14-0 record in the league last season.

"It forces us to play as a team and get everything together to be able to play with everybody and not just the starting five," said Sophomore Guard Nichole DeRosier. "It definitely brings out the best in everybody I would say."

There is a saying. Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect. Clearly there's something to YVCC's practice formula. The 6th ranked Yaks are off to another perfect start in the East at 5-0 with no signs of slowing down.