Coach Randall Miller said he has nine girls on the roster in grades 9-12. West Side’s wins include a 45-42 decision over Hermitage and a narrow victory over Columbia Christian on a 3-pointer by Carson Bain.
“We’re way ahead of where we were last year but we’re still very raw and rough. But, we’re definitely much improved,” said Miller.
The Lady Warriors include senior Tally McDonald, juniors Grace McNabb and Alex Williamson, sophomores Anna Fruge, Bain, Victoria Colley and Cierra Grant and freshmen Vivian Conley and Emily Loggins.
The 5-foot-11 McNabb and Fruge, the point guard, have been the team’s top scorers so far.
“(McNabb) does a little bit of everything. She’ll go down low some but she can step outside, too,” said Miller. “(Fruge) can fly. Most of her buckets are her getting the rebounding and outrunning everybody to the other end.”
Annually, the Lady Warriors play catch-up in basketball after volleyball season. This season’s start has Miller looking forward to the rest of the schedule.
“Early in the year, most of them played volleyball so early on, we’re just trying to, defensively and individually offensively, improve a little bit every time we take the floor, whether it’s practice or a game,” he said. “I need to figure out rotation and playing time. We’re having to do that on the fly, which is how it is at the beginning of every basketball season coming out of volleyball.
“We’re focused on that daily improvement. I feel like as we get better defensively and continue to get some individual skill, I feel like we’re going to be a tough team. We’re not going to be particularly deep. But, I feel like if we can make it about the things we do well - we’re small but we’re pretty quick. So if we can make it about some pressure defense and maybe get some offense out of that, I think we’ll be a tough team.”