SPRING CREEK – The Spring Creek girls basketball team packs several powerful players with years of experience to head into the season strong, throwing in a few wildcards.
The six returning players, Jasmine Yadeskie, Kaitlyn McLeod, Shaylynn Yaunick, Delaynee Walz, Alayna Grosz, and Teagan Ashby, understand the requirements of playing for coach Holly Miller.
All of the players have performed for Miller on the court since halfway through their freshman years at Spring Creek High School.
Two returners are senior guards McLeod and Teagan Ashby. They will have larger shoes to fill as their main defensive guard, Lauryn Walz, graduated last year.
“She could easily play 32 minutes if I needed her to,” Miller said. “She was our main defensive specialist, and any player with a year of experience will help to fill that role.”
Juniors Yadeskie and Yaunick will also be play guard this season, while Grosz will play in the post during her junior year for the Lady Spartans.
Several of the juniors have a camaraderie with one another since they have performed on the court for the past two years. They will have to learn to mix with the three sophomores, Cheyenne Cleveland, Elizabeth Canning and Ryley Ricks, who have moved up from the junior varsity team and played with each other since the third grade.
“It is all a matter of getting the new players and transfers used to my system,” Miller said. “We hope to win our rebound advantages, limit our turnovers, stay out of our foul play, and use our defense to create offensive plays this season.”
The Lady Spartans’ teamwork and play-by-play will be key in this basketball season to hitting the timing of their power offensive plays and winning more games.
The Lady Spartans’ first game of the season was set for 6 p.m. Thursday against the Casa Roble Lady Rams in the High Sierra Winter Challenge, which runs through Friday.