By Bryan Davis
The West Point Green Wave girls basketball team lost three seniors last season, but they will return in 2010-2011 with a good bit of depth and experience. They will get their first taste of live action ball this Saturday at the West Oktibbeha Jamboree.
â€śWe have a lot of the same players returning,â€ť said West Point girls basketball coach Jessye Anne Helms. â€śWe did lose some post players.â€ť
Helms says that those players will be replaced with a mixture of returning players and a pair of transfers who will start as well.
â€śThey will start, and they will add to what I already have,â€ť Helms said.
West Point senior Kelsie Ewings will also be returning. She was one of West Pointâ€™s main offensive threats last season, leading them to the playoffs.
â€śShe does a great job for us, and a lot of our offenses run through her,â€ť Helms said. â€śIf sheâ€™s not scoring, sheâ€™s going to find an open man to score. A lot will be expected of her, but sheâ€™s up for that. She always plays hard.â€ť
A lot of the offense might run through Ewings, but Helms says that the entire team should be solid this year.
â€śAll of my kids have been working hard and preparing for the season,â€ť Helms said. â€śI feel confident putting any of them in there, and I feel like theyâ€™ll do well.â€ť
Helms and the Lady Wave are going to be competing hard to get back to the district championship game again during the winter.
â€śWe will be competitive in our district,â€ť Helms said. â€śWe have a chance to win it and be in that championship game again this February.â€ť
Helms says that the key to West Pointâ€™s district title hopes lies in improvement every game.
â€śWe will need to constantly improve,â€ť Helms said. â€śWeâ€™ve gotten off to a good start.â€ť
The Lady Wave will hit the hardwood for the first time at 2 p.m. on Saturday, taking on Louisville. They will return to the court again at 3 p.m. to take on East Oktibbeha.
The season will jump start at home against East Oktibbeha on November 4.