From My View For December 4
Ohio girls have already started their season, and the West Virginia girls basketball season will start in early December.
The Lady Pilots opened their season with a disappointing loss to Monroe Central. They have won the OVAC Class AA title the past two seasons but lost a lot of outstanding athletes to graduation, including Lauren Flannery.
Ali Long paced the Pilots with a double-double-10-points, including 6-8 free throws, while hauling in 15-rebounds in their season opener against the Seminoes.
Don’t fret River fans. River Head Coach Rick Isaly and his staff will some how re-group and put out a solid program very soon.
In girls’ basketball in our area we have Hundred, Magnolia, Paden City and Valley all getting ready to rock and roll the West Virgina girls basketball season in early December.
Looking at the girls during practice shows some stuff, but until they get into the regular season, it’s kind of tough to find out for sure on how the teams might do. However, I can tell you this, the Hundred girls are no gimme any more. They are shaping up to win more than they lose this season, and if Mahalah Britton has the type of season I believe she will have, to go with the players they will put on the floor, especially the two sophomore ‘Nats Rachel Snedden and Addie Tuttle, watch out!
Veteran Hornet Head Coach Steve Dakan likes what he sees, and I can’t be any happier for him. They are not up there yet, but with a nice group of eighth graders coming up, next year might be special. We will see.
The Valley Lumberjills look like they will win more games than they will lose, and should be in the race to make the OVAC Class-A and Mason-Dixon Conferences final four if the injury bug don’t hit them.
Then there is Paden City, after having a remarkable volleyball season, only eight girls are out for the 2019-2029 season. Last season, Paden City Head Coach Alan Miller and Jamie Natali did a fabulous job in bringing their team success. However, with only two starters back and eight total players on the team, if they win 4-6 games this season they should get coaches of the year. (Which I thought they should have been considered for last season)
Talking about coach of the year, I believe if the Magnolia girls team can have a winning season with who they play, Meredith Pilant should win it hands down.
They play the hardest girls schedule I have ever seen at Magnolia. They have games with Parkersburg South, Wheeling Central, Musselman, Charleston Catholic, Shadyside, Jefferson and are in the Undo’s Tournament, Tyler Tournament and of course the OVAC Class-3A Tournament.
Wow!! They lost the school’s all-time single game scorer Mady Winters to injury, and assistant coach Mark Winters who moved up to help the Magnolia boys team this season. If they can win just half of those games, look out at the end of the season, they should whiz hrough sectionals if they can accomplish that.
I’m excited for the Blue Eagle girls, if Kendra Pilant can come through with out the services of Winters and a whole new system they surely will have, Concord University is gaining a gem.
I want to end my column to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. We all have a lot to be thankful for, especially myself. I have the love of my life of 46-years in March, and 4-grandchildren, 3-daughter in laws, 3-sons. I thank the Lord every night that my mother is still with us. My sister Shelia and brother in-law Dale, as well as my brother Bob and his lovely wife Celeste.
But most of all, I thank the good Lord for sending his son Jesus to this world to wipe away our sins and give us a chance to live our eternal life with him if we obey his commandments.