A long-time fixture as Skyline’s middle school girls basketball coach, Chuck Young is heading into his second season with the additional duty of coaching the high school girls as well.
Only losing one senior starter from last year’s 14-8 squad probably had Skyline nation eagerly anticipating the advent of this year’s campaign. But a reboot is suddenly in order as three projected returning starters have opted not to play basketball this year, for a variety of reasons.
There are still enough bullets left in the gun that Skyline will be able to field a representative team, but it may take a little longer for them to come together as a number of players are going to be pressed into service who don’t have many varsity minutes under their belts.
“Our main weakness will be inexperience,” admitted Coach Young.
Four seniors do return to give the Lady T-Birds a decent nucleus to build around. Brooke Fisher will run the offense at the point guard, and be expected to provide scoring and defense. Taylor DeWeese will play one of the post positions, and be counted upon to control the boards.
Kadi Richardson will be the other inside player, and is projected as a good scorer in the paint. Mycha Owens is penciled in at the 2-guard, with Coach Young anticipating her primary contributions to be defensive.
A quartet of newcomers will compete for the final starting slot and provide bench depth. Sophomores Jessica DeWeese, Betsy Giles and Payje Orler and junior Tiffany Timm will all be seeing playing time this winter.
Coach Young likes the speed and quickness his team will have this year, but knows it will take some time to get everyone on the same page this season. “We need a lot of work to get ready for the season,” Young said. “But we’ll get there.”