Lady Bearcats continue to grow

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School girls basketball team will open the 2018-2019 season  looking to build off of some experience that was gained last year. Most of the faces you will be seeing on the court this season for GHS will be juniors, sophomores and freshmen. In fact the Cats will only have one senior to lead this team this season.

The returning senior is Brooklyn Teeple who started just about every game last season for the Lady Cats. Teeple is the only member left of the Bearcat team that earned its way into WV state playoffs a few years ago.

Also returning this season is veteran head coach Andrew Moore, who sat out last season to work on his continuing education. This will be Moore’s fourth season as the leader of the Lady Cats.

Moore is excited to return to the sidelines and to get the new season underway.

“The girls worked extremely hard in the off season,” said Moore. “They worked on fundamentals and just got out and played and I believe that all the work they put in will play off during the season,” he added.

Brookln Teeple will return as the lone senior and team leader for Moore’s Cats.

“Brooklyn is one of those people you would want to go to war with,” said Coach Moore. “She understands what it takes to get where we want to be at the end of the season,” he added.

In order to get were Coach Moore wants to be, he will be depending on the younger Cats to help him get there.

“The group with the most experience for us would be the junior class,” said Moore.

The junior class consists of Megan Kisner, Jocelyn Countryman, Maggie Dunham, Tori Jackson, Kenna Delany, Madison Summers, Hailey Skiles and Bailey Toothman.

“I will be looking for a lot of help from my juniors as many of them were forced to play extended minutes last season as sophomores,” said Moore, “Bailey, Jocelyn, Tori and Megan all gained a lot of experience last season and we look for them to make a huge impact this season,” he added.

The sophomore class consists of Bria Jacobs, Shayla Poling, Tehya Hern, Mia Chambers, Katie Scherzinger and McKenzie Mayle.

“Bria Jacobs returned this season and we are counting on her to help our guard play and ball handling. She is a complete player and brings a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge to the court,” added Moore.

The freshman class consists of Fredrique Maloley, Alyssa Satterfield, Meredith Maier, Izabella Swiger, Sydney Friend and Amber Smith.

“The freshman class coming in this season is a talented and athletic bunch,” said Moore. “Fred, Alyssa and Meredith will come in and make an immediate impact on our team and help us improve on a few things that we were missing last season,” he added.

We will get to see the improvements this week for the Lady Cats as they will be competing in the 2018 Sam Bord Memorial Tournament. Stay tuned into the Mountain Statesman for tournament results.

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