Hundred Girls Have No Seniors
By BUBBA KAPRAL
HUNDRED — No seniors, no problem.
Hundred girls’ basketball coach Steve Dakan is optimistic about his team’s chances this season despite its extremely youthful look.
The 2017-18 Hornets roster is comprised of five juniors, one sophomore and five promising freshmen. Graduation claimed the services of a solid and deep class of performers — Valerie Soles, Madeline Goff, Mady Wheeler, Macy Long, Miranda Gray, Hailey Eastham, Rachel Watson and Caitlyn Keller.
“We will compete and play hard from the tip-off to the final buzzer,” Dakan said. “What we might lack in numbers doesn’t mean we won’t be able to compete in ball games.”
Dakan will build his team around standout Katherine Henderson. The talented junior has started since her freshman campaign and will be called upon to be a major scoring threat while also directing the offense.
“Henderson can play anywhere on the court and do it well,” Dakan said.
Classmate Emily Metz will also help out in the backcourt while fellow juniors Victoria Hawkins, Elizabeth Keller and Brittany Mars are also in the hunt for starting berths.
Dakan is high on two freshmen — Jadan Ray and Mahala Britton. The two newcomers are vying for regular duty with sophomore Kayla Simms.
Three additional freshmen round out the roster, providing a solid foundation for the future. They are Kaylee Davis, Sarah Keller and Kayla Matthews.
“Friendly competition is making practice a little fun,” Dakan said. “We might have a young team, but all these girls are working hard, and like each other too, and that is a very good thing.”
Kasey Sapp is serving as Dakan’s assistant.