Practices for the girls’ varsity basketball team started on December 1st in preparation for the regular season. Head coach Lauren DuBois said she hoped the first game on Tuesday, December 16 would mark the beginning of a long and successful season for the girls.
DuBois said this year’s team is “on the smaller side”, which poses several challenges to improving the team. She said fast breaks, rebounds, and the development of a strong defense are some of the more important aspects that the team will be focusing on.
“I’ve been really lucky. I always have a great group of girls that enjoy not only playing basketball but…playing with each other and being on the team together,” DuBois said. She said the girls’ friendships and positive attitudes help with the potential exhaustion or stress associated with a long season and late night practices.
The team went to the tournament last year and ended its season with a record of 13 wins and 9 losses including the playoff games.
Captain Fraley Morton said her long term goal for the team is to go farther than the team had gone in the previous year by making it past the semi-finals.
DuBois also said her goals included making an impact in the tournament. Although she hopes the team will work together as a holistic unit throughout the season, she said the returning varsity players will be the leaders of the team.
She named the players to watch as Senior Fraley Morton, Junior Sydney Christopher, Junior Sabrina Pallazola, Senior Phoebe Biggar, and Junior Kara Hersey.
Morton said that the returning players will bring depth and experience to the team, but was excited to bring “swing players” to play with the varsity team.