HPCA girls look to rebuild
By year’s end, the High Point Christian Academy girls are looking to be a good basketball team. They have some work ahead, but they feel like it’s achievable.
The Cougars, coming off perhaps their best year in program history, return only a handful of pieces from last year’s team led by Hadara Bannister (now at Brevard College) that went 19-8 and won a playoff game for the first time ever, reaching the second round of the NCISAA 3A.
“More than anything, they have a lot of heart and they work hard,” said coach Jason Waller, in his first season after three years at South Pointe Christian in South Carolina. “We’re very young with only one senior and the rest sophomores and freshmen.”
Alexa Crouch, a senior captain, and Hailey Riffe, a sophomore captain, return to lead HPCA while freshmen Faith Dunaway, as a ballhandler, and Jaimey Fankhauser, as a point guard/shooting guard, will also fill key roles for the Cougars.
Their strength is in the perimeter play, Waller said, as they only have two players who are continuing to develop as inside players. They will look to push the ball as much as they can and simply try to outwork their opponents and turn effort into wins.
“Right now, we’re just looking to compete and finish ballgames,” Waller said. “We’re working hard on the fundamentals of basketball — passing on point, boxing out and competing all 32 minutes. ...
“It’s my first year here, so I’m learning new things, meeting new people. So, the goal for me is for us to compete and fight in every game. And my expectations are for us to win a lot of games because we simply want it more.”