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Lions Girls B-ball Team Looking to Continue the Tradition of Championship Basketball

by Audrey McClatchie

As the new term kicks in, so do winter sports. The winter season has begun and many athletes are getting ready to play. Among the different sports, the girl’s basketball team is ready to get going.

“I’m really excited for this season,” freshman Rachel Okanah commented, “I can’t wait to see how the hard work my team and I put in pays off.”

Junior and Varsity player Leah Wells added, “We [want to] be really energetic and enthusiastic, always work hard, and play fast.”

Head Coach Richard Little has been with Walkersville basketball for 23 years, and this is his second year with the girls team. “Last year our program had a great season. Our Varsity squad won 23 games, won our Conference Regular season, losing the Region Championship Finals.”

Just like the girls, Little believes the team is very promising and successful. “[I am] looking forward to another great season,” Little commented, “I get to work with 28 great ladies, great staff, and a great administration.”

Assistant Coach Jason Bryan has been teaching sports in the Walkersville community for several years, and this is his first year at the high school. “I’ve loved coaching in Walkersville over the years,” Bryan added, “I’ve had the opportunity to help kids grow through sports and I’ve formed great relationships with other coaches, players and parents.”

Okanah stated that an important values for the team to display is, “respect for each other, the other team, and the officials.”

“We practice a lot, and repetition helps us to get better,” Wells explained as a team effort for success, “We all push each other to get better.”

“Energetic, consistent, patient, honest,” Bryan listed as characteristics his players strive for, “I think our students learn a lot about life through sports.”

“I look forward to seeing the young ladies grow everyday- as people, and as basketball players.” Little stated proudly, “[They are] great teammates, great people, and 28 hardworking student/athletes that are a joy to coach.”  

Come cheer on the girls basketball team this winter!