W.VA. PREP BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Hundred Girls’ Basketball Coach Jeremy Kelch Is ‘Optimistic’ About This Season
HUNDRED — If there is one word that Hundred girls basketball coach Jeremy Kelch could use for the upcoming season, it would be “optimistic.”
The Hornets saw 15 girls come together during the first week of practice and according to Kelch, they’ve been gelling rather well.
Kelch returns to coach the girls team after being on the boys staff for three years.
“We have a good mixture of freshmen all to seniors,” he said. “The schedule is a little bit crazy because all the teams that (we beat) last year are off the schedule due to not being able to play the Ohio schools and Pennsylvania schools.”
“But the first three days of practice, I think they’re farther along this year than last year at the same time. Optimism, at least on my end, is pretty high.”
Hundred brings back strong depth from last year’s squad including senior Mahalah Britton.
“Everything is going to go through her,” Kelch said. “She should be our leading scorer and rebounder.”
Kayley Davis is another senior for the Hornets, and Kelch said she is the hustle girl that won’t light up the scoreboard each night, but will do all the necessary little things.
The Hornets will also have some speed on the court in juniors Rachel Snedden and Addie Tuttle.
Sophomores Leah Delaney, Janna Huggins and freshman Roxie Huggins will also see court time in 2021.
Freshmen Ashlynn Peters, Summer Morris and senior Brianna Rinehart will also come off the bench.
“I’ve coached for a while now and I think this is the deepest team boys or girls I’ve had,” Kelch said.
Senior Kayla Matthews, juniors Allie Hawkins and Kayla Aracich and freshmen Jolie Hayes, Ashlynn Peters and Areonna Zarco round out the roster for Hundred.
Kelch knows the Hornets’ section will be competitive, but he remains hopeful and is shooting for at least 10 wins.
“I feel like we’re one of the toughest regions in the state, but you never know,” he said.
“It’s just how they’re chemistry comes together. There are a lot of different pieces. I feel like the season being as short as it is and games being played almost every other night, our depth will help us. Hopefully we still have some legs under us come sectional time. I look to be one of those surprises in the state.”