Wesleyan girls eye improved season, despite youth
The Wesleyan Christian girls return a number of familiar faces, but they still remain a young team this year.
Gone are three of last year’s top players — Amber Hayes and Christine Poole to graduation; Imani Atkinson to transfer — but the Trojans look to build off a solid corps of good, young players, including point guard Anna Massey (8 points per game), small forward Jessica Willard (6 ppg) and sophomore forward Shelby Lennon (4 ppg).
Also returning are juniors Yasmine Glover at center and Ashleigh Kelley at guard, sophomore power forward/center Holland Robinson and freshman Madison Smith while they add freshman Bailey McRae, who they will look to to provide rebounding.
“Right now I see us trying hard, and as a coach I am happy with the effort. Success will come,” said Trojans head coach Matt Barber, in his third year. “We are young. There are no seniors and more freshmen and sophomore than anything else.”
Last year, Wesleyan went 6-21, including 1-7 in the NCISAA 3A PACIS, and squeaked into the playoffs as the No. 16 seed. So, as the season progresses, the goal for this young team is to continue to grow and, hopefully, piece enough together to be successful.
“We are hoping to win more conference games this year and make the state playoffs,” said Barber, who is assisted by Brent Johnson. “And we want to see even more significant game to game improvement. A success for us would be playing together and getting to a higher level of competition!”