The Student News Site of West Brunswick High School

The West Wind

The Student News Site of West Brunswick High School

The West Wind

The Student News Site of West Brunswick High School

The West Wind

Polls

Which is better?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Women’s Basketball: A closer look

Womens+Basketball%3A+A+closer+look
Photo by Ava Babson

On every sports team, all players take on a role. As I am entering my third year playing on the varsity basketball team, I have earned a leadership role: I have to communicate with my teammates on and off the court because that is what my coach expects of me, being an upperclassman.

I try my best to take the underclassmen under my wing and guide them when running plays in games and practice, or just in general like bringing them along when we have pre game meals. Being a role model and a leader for the younger players is very important because they look up to me. I know what it is like to have bad experiences with older players on the team so I don’t ever want to make anybody else feel like that.

During my sophomore year, for the most part our season was successful. We did not have a winning record, but we beat a lot of teams that we lost to in previous years and qualified to play in the playoffs. Though last season was fairly good, Coach Holland will continue to have higher expectations for our team this year. He expects us to progress from last year and continue to get better by having a home playoff game and making it to the second round. These little differences show big changes and growth and would make our season substantially better from last season.

The women’s athletic programs here do not have as many people as needed, this year our basketball team only had 20 girls trying out. That is not nearly enough, 20 girls was barely enough to make a JV and a Varsity team and doesn’t give as wide of a variety when picking the teams. The low number of people on the team leaves us with a low amount of subs so our conditioning has to be top tier meaning each person should be able to play for long periods without getting tired.  Having a small team in our conference puts us at a big disadvantage because we are in a 3A/4A conference, so the majority of the teams on our schedule are schools with hundreds or even thousands more people than we have attending West. Teams like Hoggard and Ashley have a full bench on both their JV and Varsity and they can rotate their players in and out and they don’t get tired.  The advantage of having subs allows other teams to full-court press the whole game, our team does not get this luxury because it is exhausting running the whole floor for 32 minutes.

Along with our team being very small in numbers we are also small in size, the tallest player on the team is around 5”10, that is much smaller than the players we are competing with. But, the scarcity in the post is made up for in our strong back court, there are three returning guards including: junior Jahyra Mastry, senior Hailey Woodard, and myself. We might be small in size but that will not stop us from achieving success this season.

I have high expectations for the team this year, we are going into the season with almost the whole team returning and we haven’t done anything but grown in skill. Over the summer we were in the gym almost every other day continuing to get better and refine my skills along with my teammates. When training we would do drills that would be helpful to apply during game situations like shooting quick off the dribble and spot up, improving ball handling, finishing around the rim, and conditioning.  I have high hopes going into the season and I am excited to play a game I love with my best friends.

Donate to The West Wind
$100
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of West Brunswick High School. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributors
Brooklyn Coble, Creative Content Team Member
Brookyln Coble is a 16 year old junior who was born in Burlington, North Carolina. Moving here in her 6th grade year. This is Coble’s second year as a staff of the West Wind and she has thoroughly enjoyed learning more about writing but also getting to work in the social media aspect of it. This year Cobles goal is to strengthen her writing abilities, and prepare herself as she hopes to be able to attend the University of North Carolina.  When asked about her reasoning for joining the West Wind, Coble shared that the TikTok page's “Late Night” video is what first drew her in but she soon learned that she enjoyed the people and community created just as much.  “I think everybody in our class is nice,” said Coble. “ Everyone talks to each other, and Mrs Saunders is nice.” Now Coble plays 4 different sports, including: basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track. When asking Coble about her greatest accomplishment she exclaimed saying   “I’ve been playing varsity sports my whole high school career,” said Coble. “It has really made my experience in high school very memorable but it is tiring.”
Ava Babson, content creator director
Ava Babson is a 17 year old senior and is starting her 4th semester in journalism. Babson splits her time between living in Ash with her dad and Sunset Beach with her mom. She continues to do journalism because she loves photography and making videos. Babson is starting her 4th and final year of volleyball at school.  "I enjoy playing volleyball because it is fun and a good bonding experience," said Babson. "There are also a lot of memories I have made in the past 4 years. I love learning new and different things each year and pushing myself to become stronger physically and mentally."  Babson is not 100% positive about what she wants to do with her future. She is currently interested in going to school for Public Relations and Digital Media, possibly doing photography as a side job, and moving out of Brunswick County. In Ava’s spare time off campus, she spends her time with her friends, family, and boyfriend. She enjoys going to the beach, shopping, bowling, making money, traveling, and doing photography at the Race track on the weekends. “Photography is something I've always had a passion for,” said Babson. “You can express all types of emotions and expressions with photography, especially if you are taking photos of sports or anything in public. It is just something that excites me.”  [gallery ids="17421"]

Donate to The West Wind
$100
$500
Contributed
Our Goal