Lady Silver Knights in Rebuild Mode
The 2019-20 Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights girls basketball team will be without the services of four girls who departed due to graduation and played a big part in the teams past success. Gone from last season are four year players JoLee Walton, Miranda Weeklie, Peyton Kocher and Josie Jones. The loss of these four leaves a huge hole to fill for second year coach Ben Thomas and Staff.
“We lost a lot of talent from last season, but we believe we have some quality players back who can get the job done. Coach Tommy Phillips and I are pleased with the attitude of the girls and their work ethic has been great. Once they get some game experience under their belt as a team, we believe they will be competitive,” coach Ben Thomas said.
Several players return with varsity experience including senior forwards Madison Craven and Summer Miller. Both players should provide help around the basket. Senior guard/forward Allie Miller at 5′ 6″ will fill one of the starting jobs, she should be a force under the bucket as well.
Junior guard Kelsi Vandruff will provide help for the Knights, while returning starter junior Regan Smith is back for her third straight season at the forward position. The 5’7″ Smith will lead this years cast and can be counted on to give coach Thomas rebounding and inside scoring. She is also an excellent defensive player who the team can rally around.
Six sophomores returning from last season make up the varsity roster with 5’6″ Caleigh Phillips back on the court where she spent a great deal of time last year as a freshman. Phillips is a good ball handler with a lot of speed and ability to get to the bucket. Landry Buchanan, Ryley VanDyne and Briann Templeton will also be counted on at the guard position, while Lauren Templeton and Romana Rice will vye for playing time at the forward spots.
“We’re young and it’s going to be a growing year for us. I think being young will be to our advantage because we will have a lot of energy coming out of the gates,” said coach Thomas.
He also commented on the girls’ willingness to try new things as a team. “Our big thing this year is having players step up to take leadership roles,” he said.
“I think looking at our team and being young, we are going to grow and develop. We’re not the deepest team but I think we are going to be an exciting team with lots of energy.”
The Silver Knights open the season this Friday in a home contest against South Harrison with a reserve game tip-off slated for 6 p.m. immediately followed by varsity action.
Friday night come out to the Knights gym and support the girls as they work for the opening win.