Weekly Feature



2013-12-04 / Sports

Lady Blue Devils basketball has a lot of size for a change

by BRANDON KILIJANSKI
Reporter

The Kenmore West girls basketball team is totally different this year, because of superior height in the low post.

Junior Katie Proy is six-foot tall, and sophomore Samantha Britton stands at 5-foot-11.

In years past, the Lady Blue Devils have liked to play fast and execute in transition. But with these two skyscrapers, Ken West will look to slow the game down and play inside-out basketball.

“We are a very different team this year,” head coach Mike Licata said. “We have a big post presence, and we will keep both on the court at the same time. We are going to pound the ball inside.”

Directing the offense this year will be senior point guard Melissa Fisher. Last year she played as the two-guard.

“She has a lot of experience and is the best ball handler we have,” said Licata. “She will be the quarterback of our team and always have the ball in her hands.”

At forward, Ken West will start 5-foot-8 freshman Grace Ferguson. Coach Licata called her up to varsity as an eighth-grader last season.

There are two other freshmen on the team including Rachel Sefried and Anna Quinlan.

Last season Ken West won just six games, but they were quality wins against Grand Island and Niagara Wheatfield — teams that both won a sectional championship last year.

With just two other seniors on the team — Haley Johnston and Kiara Wright — Licata said it might take some time to gel as a unit.

“We hope to progress all season long as a young team,” he said. “We might take some lumps early on as we try to get acclimated to the varsity game, but we hope to quickly grow up as basketball players and develop our style.”

The goals of the team are simple. Be a tough team to play against, every time out on the floor.

“We want to be a tough team to play against even if we don’t win,” said Licata. “We are definitely going to battle and battle until the end each game.”

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