By Jarred Belman
Pipeline Assistant Sports Editor
When the Girls basketball team tipped off the season December 6th against Friends High School, the Panthers began their goal to build off of their performance from last season. Second year Head Coach Alexis Washington heads into the season looking for improvement from last year’s squad.
After finishing last season with a .500 record, the Panthers come into the season with a goal to become a successful team, and restore the winning culture of Girls basketball at PHS.
Sameera Jordan (’14) has played on the Varsity team since her freshman year and is looking for greater things from the Lady Panthers.
“Last season we weren’t really working together,” Sameera said. “Everyone was trying to make themselves look good, but this year we’re going to run plays and try to work together.”
The Girls team has a lot of new faces on the squad this year. Three freshmen will be in uniform for the Varsity team this season.
“We all know that they can play basketball,” Sameera said. “They’re going to have to learn where and when to dribble, and what to do on the court.”
There will be a bit of a learning curve for the incoming players, but Morgan Anthony (’16) believes the freshmen will be able to perform to their full potential.
“Learning plays is new since I really didn’t know any,” Morgan said. “We’re going to have to practice hard and learn the plays.”
Making a varsity team in any sport is an impressive accomplishment. But making it as a first-year player is something that Anthony is very excited about.
“Just being able to play with the seniors and upperclassmen is very cool,” Anthony said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to learn from them and become a better player.”
When talking to both of these players, one message seemed to come up a lot, improvement.
“We need to know what to do on the court,” Sameera said. “We can’t just run through the motions, we need to put the ball in the basket.”