Lady Lumberjills Have Six Seniors On 2010-11 Squad
Valley Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Larry Weekley, in his 26th season, will have to replace only one starter from last season: Jackie Greathouse, who was lost to graduation.
Weekley enters the 2010-11 campaign needing only nine victories to reach 400 wins for his career as both the boys’ and girls’ head coach. He will have six seniors, led by Brittany Guthrie, to help him achieve that milestone. Guthrie is the conductor, while fellow seniors Morgan Starkey, Tiffany Hayes, Heidi Shaw, Leah Morris, and Chelsea Underwood are the orchestra.
Guthrie scored double digits last season. In addition, she led the team in steals and assists and is the best foul shooter on the team. She finished near the top in the scoring column in Wetzel County and was the highest Lumberjill scorer, with more than 10 points per game. She was deadly from beyond the arc and was flawless at the charity stripe. She was also the team’s leader in assists and steals.
“She can handle almost any situation at the point and is a great team player,” said Weekley. “Now, we must try to get her to shoot a little more.”
Besides Guthrie, Weekley and seven-year assistant coach Tim Starkey have Hayes and Morgan Starkey to rely on when the going gets tough. Hayes was the team’s second highest rebounder last season, while Morgan was the team’s second leading scorer behind Guthrie. Starkey and Hayes are steady, day in and day out. They both rebound, play “good old fashioned defense”, and can shoot the rock from outside.
Morris and Shaw are each capable of putting up double-doubles in points and rebounding. Morris was the team’s leader in rebounding a season ago, while Shaw was a close second. Underwood played a great deal of junior varsity last season and will try to use her playing experience to help wherever Weekley needs her.
“We will shoot, pass, rebound, and play good old fashioned defense and the same offense the same way we have been playing the last 26 years,” said Weekley.
Other candidates for playing time include junior Holli Schell, sophomores Megan Bucher, Ally Haught, and Samantha Thomas, along with freshmen Alisha Carter and Karisa Headley.
“Tim and I are very pleased the way the girls have come along and we look forward to having a very competitive season,” added Weekley.
The junior varsity team will showcase the same type of offense and defense the varsity plays and seems to have picked up the scheme of things pretty well.