Young Knights hope to stay healthy, improve throughout
CHESTER - Thomas Dale Girls Basketball posted a winning record in 2016-17 (13-11), but the Knights will be young going into the new season.
They’re returning zero starters, but will bring backseniors Kylah Webb and Jemiah Brittnum and junior Jessica Henderson. Newcomers include sophomores Rana Richie and Khadijah Waller.
“Our team is fairly young, so offensively, if we can stay healthy, we should be middle of the pack at the start of the season,” said Thomas Dale Girls Basketball head coach Leon Gholson, “and hopefully we can improve as the season progresses.”
Gholson noted that, as the Knights are young, they will need their defensive effort to carry them along early on.
“Hopefully we can play the game at a faster pace this season,” Gholson said. “We have some young girls inside that will need to step up to improve our power game.”
He added that losing six players and key contributors from last year’s team “will be an adjustment for the girls.”
“Some of them will have to go from being role players to being the top dogs on the team,” he said.
With the elimination of conference groupings and tournaments beginning this season, Gholson said “it really doesn’t seem like a full season without the Conference or District Tournaments. Those games were important to boys and girls basketball in the area.” He did add, however, that the old district games will “mean more as they should in terms of playoff seeding.” He expects that the competition in the Ronald Curry/ Boo Williams Classic will be challenging.