ABOVE: Chloe Manly, sophomore guard, prepares to pass to a teammate during the Lady Builder junior varsity basketball practice. While the junior varsity team’s first game isn’t until Nov. 4, varsity kicks their off their season this Thursday, Oct. 24. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Mallory Graves
The Lady Builder Basketball team is anticipating the upcoming 2019-2020 season.
Whitney Corley, head women’s basketball coach, is excited for the upcoming season.
“We have a great group of young women back and we’ve added some new ones who have raised our level of play. We’ve been practicing and preparing for several weeks already, so we are excited to start competing in games soon,” Corley said.
Corley has been coaching for 13 years, and five of those years she has been here.
Corley has big plans for the 2019-2020 season.
“Our goal is a conference championship. We are focused on building winning habits each time we practice. Our goal each day is to be one percent better than we were the day before. If we stay committed to that, we will give ourselves a chance to compete in postseason,” Corley said.
There are eight seniors this year. They are Jazmyne Laskey, Makala Canada, Marissa Evans, Claren McCormick, Charon Cheatham, Brittany Lawler, Alysha Michaelson, and Grace Pospichal.
Corley explains her feelings towards having eight seniors this year.
“I’m excited to see all of their hard work pay off. They’ve invested a lot into our program and school, so they are leaving an important legacy. They’ve all grown into some special women, and it will be bittersweet to see them go after this season, but they still have a lot left to give so I know that’s what they’re focused on right now. They have made a great impact as Builders, and I’m grateful for their commitment to our program and school,” Corley said.
Claren McCormick, athletic training senior, says, “I’m excited to get this season started. We’ve been putting a lot of work in the past couple of months, and I’m more than ready to see the results of it.”
McCormick explains feelings towards being a senior.
“It still quite hasn’t quite hit me that this will be my last year playing basketball. I’m just trying to make the most of it with my girls,” McCormick said.
Jazmyne Laskey, business administration senior, says, “I feel like the pressure is on for the season, but overall I am just focused on having a good season.”
“My goal for this year is to have a winning season and make it to playoffs,” Laskey said.