Wildcat girls look to have successful season

Nov. 26, 2012 @ 09:06 PM

The Westchester Country Day girls will face some challenges this season. But coach Kat Lyons, in her third season, knows she can rely on her team to power through them.

“This team plays hard! They never quit,” said Lyons, who was a standout player in her own right at Bishop McGuinness before playing in college.

Despite losing Katie Rice to graduation and Keniece Purvis to transfer, the Wildcats return several notable pieces from last year’s team, including senior Meghan Ingham, an all-conference selection and the team’s second leading scorer.

They also return senior Leigh Tyson, senior Claire Councill, junior Anna Hood and eighth-grader Terra Johns from last year’s team while adding seventh-grader Kayla Darr and sophomore foreign exchange student Lea Rasenberger.

“We only have seven players, so we’re not an offensive ‘powerhouse,’” Lyons said. “We’ll have to win on the defensive end.”

Westchester went 11-12 overall last year, tied for second in the NCISAA Triad Athletic Conference and lost to top-seeded and eventual state champion Carolina Day in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. That was a step in the right direction for the Wildcats.

So this year they look to build off that experience and continue to improve throughout the year as they work to be one of the top teams in the TAC and again compete with the best teams in the state playoffs.

“We want to get better by the end of the season,” Lyons said. “... We want to finish in the top three of the conference for the second consecutive season, make our second straight state playoff appearance and finish with a winning record.”