Paden City Girls Rebuilding With Hard Work, Effort
Three years ago Allen Miller took over the Paden City girls basketball program with hopes of building on the successes of the past. At that time he had several promising freshmen and sophomore players that made the effort worthwhile.
After three years of putting a system in place, things started to look up. This past summer Miller and the Wildcat girls showed signs of having a team to be reckoned with. With several returning starters and some new faces fresh up from the middle school, expectations were running high.
However as things often turn out, what you see is not what you always get. Miller found that out the first day of practice when many of those he was depending on never showed up and a couple who did soon quit.
“I don’t know what happened, but we will go with what we have. Right now we have nine girls to work with which doesn’t even give us enough to scrimmage and not enough for a JV team. We have a couple of returning lettermen back and they will have to be leaders as we go back to square one and start building over again. These girls are working hard, every night we work on fundamentals. They are working hard on ball handling, defense and shooting, we don’t have what we expected but we are very happy with the ones we do have. We’re also satisfied with the effort, hard work and determination these girls are giving,” stated coach Miller.
Back for her third straight year is 5′ 6″ junior guard/play maker Hannah Loy, who put 15 points a game on the board last season for coach Miller. Loy, has proven she can knock down the jumper and she is also a threat to get to the bucket and may be the teams best rebounder.
“We may have to try Hannah in the paint some this year, last years center never came out so it forces us to make some changes here and there. We feel she will be able to get some easy buckets and maybe get to the foul line more often.” added Miller.
Also back to lead the Wildcats is junior Paige Leanord, a 5’5″ shooting guard who has shown she can put points on the board. Leonard’s ball handling skills and knowledge of the game make her a valuable asset for the Cat’s.
Bre Henthorn, will be the lone senior on the team and will be trying to land a starting spot as the strong side forward. She will be counted on to provide much needed senior leadership. Sophomore Abbe Stackpole, 5′ 1″ is the quickest player on the team and should give the Cat’s some added strength defensively. “Hopefully we can utilize her speed to cause some turn overs,” said Miller.
Another returner from last seasons team who will see plenty of action is 5′ 6″ sophomore Skylar Fulks. She will hold down a forward spot where she can rebound and score.
Others looking to work their way onto the court are Madison Knight a 5′ 6″ junior center, who played her freshman year but sat out last season. Three freshmen round out the team, 5′ 4″ Raven Fulks, 5′ 5″ Erin McIntire and 5′ 5″ Gabrielle Bolen.
The Wildcats will open the season at home on November 28, against the Hundred Hornets, in a 6 p.m. contest.