Looking to improve last season's record, Paden City's new Girls' Basketball Head Coach David Riggle is roaring to get started and is gearing up for what looks like a very competitive 2013-14 season with 10 girls that want to play.Riggle states that he and his team are looking forward to the challenges that this year is sure to bring. Riggle wants to instill the knowledge that he learned in his days at Cameron when he was a player and from West Liberty where he studied the game from Hilltopper Head Coach Jim Crutchfield, and hopes to incorporate a lot of what he had learned.
"I want to put in place both an offense and defense that relies on quickness," Riggle stated. "I plan on being here for a long time. I like small schools and what they stand for."
Paden City lost four-year starter Logan Cosper, along with Lynnsie Parsons, Kelsey Loy, and Lynah Stanley to graduation last fall, but return their top scorer, rebounder, and steal leader in Myah Charkawi. With the return of center/ forward Cydney Blatt and point guard Taylor Cosper, the Lady 'Cats have the makings of a nice ball club.
The 2013-2014 Paden City Lady Wildcats varsity basketball team are pictured from left are, Chelsea Baker, Taylor Cosper, Cydney Blatt, Katie Shreves, Myah Charkawi, Kayla Hizer, Hannah Stanley, Kayla Barker and Jennifer Dahms. Absent is Darien Ritchie. (Photo by Bruce Crawford)
When you can throw in a pair of nice players like juniors Hannah Stanley and Kayla Hizer, things could be very interesting this season, come tournament time.
Off the bench, the Wildcats look to have senior Katie Blatt; junior Kayla Barker; and sophomore Darien Ritchie to put out there and not miss a beat, while utilizing players like Jennifer Dahms and Chelsea Baker.
"We will run the floor with reckless abandon and take good quality shots," said Riggle. "We are working hard on all our fundamentals to do them right the first time. We will be a better passing team and will go get at it on the glass."
In addition, Riggle added, "We are going to depend a lot on our senior leadership. The girls put in a ton of work over the summer and we are really excited to get things going."
Riggle went on to say, "We have so much speed and quickness that we hope to utilize it with full court pressure that we can turn over into points."
The Lady 'Cats have some good outside shooting in Charkawi, Cosper, and Stanley, and will look to run when they can and dish it out to any one of them to knock it down.
With only 10 players out, Riggle will need to get the girls in shape for the long haul and will be sure to utilize the expertise of Assistant Coach Allan Miller, who has coached basketball in the Valley High School program for years.
After a date with Hundred Tuesday after the Chronicle went to press, the Lady Wildcats will entertain the Valley Lumberjills in the Lady Wildcat Christmas Tournament Friday night at 7:30 p.m.