The Grace Prep girls’ basketball team is young and inexperienced, with just one senior who hasn’t played basketball before, and three juniors. All but three on the nine-girl roster — the Storm have just eight until one returns from studying abroad — are playing the sport for the first time.
“I am focusing on fundamentals and keeping things simple,” first-year coach Rebecca Spencer said. “I hope that our girls will be able to compete with teams that have more experience by consistently demonstrating the fundamentals and having a relentless positive attitude by playing with heart and hustle.”
Grace Prep is also lacking in size, with the tallest at 5-foot-7 in junior Becca Seibel, the top returning scorer and rebounder, and freshman Saran Ashley-Douglas. Other post players include Naomi Amos and Jen Kan.
The guards include Haoxuan Wang, Abigael Fisher, Grace Moyer, Anna Haris and Laurel Shearer.
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Spencer, who played collegiately at Lycoming, is doing a lot of teaching, and she has liked what she has seen so far.
“If we keep getting better each day, I think the girls will be pleasantly surprised by their performance at the end of the season,” Spencer said. “Even in the past couple weeks the team notices a drastic change in their knowledge and ability.”
Head coach: Rebecca Spencer (first season)
Assistant coaches: Dave Seibel
Last season: 6-13
Key losses: Haley Wang, Rebecca Tao, Haley Galliano, Brittany Anderson
Returning letterwinners: Becca Seibel, Laurel Shearer
Key newcomers: Naomi Amos, Anna Haris, Abigael Fisher, Grace Moyer, Saran Ashley-Douglas, Jen Kan, Haoxuan Wang