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.
“We have a lot of the same players returning,” said West Point girls basketball coach Jessye Anne Helms. “We did lose some post players.”
Helms says that those players will be replaced with a mixture of returning players and a pair of transfers who will start as well.
“They will start, and they will add to what I already have,” Helms said.
West Point senior Kelsie Ewings will also be returning. She was one of West Point’s main offensive threats last season, leading them to the playoffs.
“She does a great job for us, and a lot of our offenses run through her,” Helms said. “If she’s not scoring, she’s going to find an open man to score. A lot will be expected of her, but she’s up for that. She always plays hard.”
A lot of the offense might run through Ewings, but Helms says that the entire team should be solid this year.
“All of my kids have been working hard and preparing for the season,” Helms said. “I feel confident putting any of them in there, and I feel like they’ll do well.”
Helms and the Lady Wave are going to be competing hard to get back to the district championship game again during the winter.
“We will be competitive in our district,” Helms said. “We have a chance to win it and be in that championship game again this February.”
Helms says that the key to West Point’s district title hopes lies in improvement every game.
“We will need to constantly improve,” Helms said. “We’ve gotten off to a good start.”
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.