by Alexis Sisson/Staff Writer
Photo Caption: Jessica Farrell, 12, brings the ball down for a layup.
The girls’ basketball team is five games into their new season and feeling positive about how things are progressing.
Jessica Farrell, 12, sees the season going well. “We got a new coach this year, but we are all adjusting well to his coaching style,” she said.
Hannah Farrell, 10, said she was also happy with the way practice is going. “I feel like we are getting better and we have a lot of fun while doing it. I think we are going to surprise people.”
Jessica said she likes how positive the new coach, Joshua Means, is. Hannah said Coach Means brings energy to the court.
Hannah said some goals the team has are to slow down the pace of the game and to have minimum turnovers. Jessica said another team goal is winning their conference. “As a team we are definitely getting better and we are creating a great team dynamic,” Jessica said.
One of Jessica’s goals is to get better after an injury last season. She said, “My goal for this year is to remain healthy all season, to get better each day and always give (my) personal best effort. I am looking forward to being out on the floor and playing this year after being forced to sit out all last season from an injury.”
For team-building outside of practice, they plan to have dinner before every conference games, and decorate their lockers. “Inside of practice we try to really be positive and give high-fives. We always break on center court after practice and end with giving everyone high-fives,” Jessica said.
Both Jessica and Hannah think HSE will be among the hardest competitors. Hannah said, “They are very skilled overall and have a great program.”
Jared Manning, athletic director, said that Coach Means brings both playing and coaching experiences to the team. Manning looks forward to seeing the positive growth of the team and the entire program under Means’ leadership.