River Girls’ Basketball Team Small In Numbers
If the opening of this year’s girls’ basketball season is any indication on how the Lady River Pilots are going to do, teams will have a two-headed monster to deal with in juniors Jensen Caretti (6’1) and Brielle Williams, (5’9).
Last season, Caretti averaged a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds per game, while adding four blocks and three steals. She will team with Williams, a junior who looks to be ready after sitting out her first two seasons because of knee injury.
In their season-opener these two ladies scored three-fourths of the Pilot points in the victory over Monroe Central and netted 44 of the Pilots 64 points in a win over Union Local in the their second game of the season.
This season, River has only 10 players out and will not fill junior varsity team. The rest of the starting unit are seniors Haylee Bowers (5’6); and Devyn Potts (5’4); and junior Abby Caldwell (5’5).
Rounding out the rest of the lineup are juniors Tiffany Connors (5’7); and Hayley Winkler (5’9); sophomores Alexandria Karpacs Brown (5’6); Kendra Earley, (5’9); and Bailey Caldwell (5’5).
“This is the first time in a long while that we won’t field a JV team,” said veteran Head Coach Rick Isaly. “”I kind of knew this was going to happen. There weren’t any eighth graders out last season, but I’m excited about the season and I think we’ll be able to compete with everyone on our schedule. But, we will need to stay healthy and out of foul trouble.”
Bowers, Potts and Abby Caldwell should give Isaly a nice ball club to start. Bowers was a force last season and gave the Pilots a shot in the arm on the boards, as well as getting to the charity stripe with her aggressive type of play. Potts and Abby Caldwell look to be the back-court duo, both can handle the ball and shoot from outside.
Connors and Winkler will give the Lady Pilots some depth in the post, while Brown, Earley and Bailey Caldwell should help out everywhere else.
Last season, Caretti shot 62 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the charity stripe, which helped her earn honorable mention all-state will give opponents fits. She can handle the rock as well, can shoot from outside and now, with Williams on board, it should only give her more chances.
The Pilots would have played five games when this preview comes out, will host St. Clairsville Dec. 10 and at Indian Creek on Dec. 15 with each game scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m.