Sherman High School’s 2015-2016 Girls’ Varsity basketball team is heavily weighted with underclassmen after losing five graduating players from last year’s team, girls whose abilities comprised two thirds of their scoring at the time, according to Head Coach Terri Dawn Williams.
“We are young this year,” Williams said. “We are young, but we hope to get better every day, and by the end of the year, we expect to contend for the sectional tournament.”
Williams is relying on the upperclassmen on the team – senior Nikki Santonio and juniors Kendra Pannell and Camilla Averson — to step up and be the leaders this year, she said. “All three were on the team last year, and all saw a pretty good bit of Varsity playing time,” she said.
Senior Hayley Buzzard had to sit last year’s basketball season out because of a knee surgery, but Williams said Buzzard is back, working hard, and she expects her to help out this year.
Three of the sophomores on the team are returning players who saw mainly Junior Varsity playing time last year, Williams said, and she is looking for them to step up and contribute. She is also anticipating a couple of girls they can rely on to score.
Injuries have already affected the team, but Williams hopes the girls’ efforts as a whole will pay off anyway. “It hurts us with Deja (Busby) being hurt, but everyone is working hard,” she said. “I expect everyone, including the freshmen, to contribute some.”