Weekly Feature

2015-12-09 / Sports

Lady Blue Devils look for strong season on court

by LEVI TRIMBLE Reporter

Kenmore West looks loaded and ready to compete this season as the girls varsity basketball team returns two of its starting five.

Sam Britton will lead the charge from the post for coach Jeff Martin’s team. Martin, in his second year at the helm of the Blue Devils, is proud to have players like Britton and small forward Grace Ferguson on the roster and knows they have the skill to win games in the Niagara Frontier League and beyond.

Britton is a tall, strong inside presence who has a strong post game, good rebounding abilities and a good pass back to the outside, creating outside shots for an accurate Kenmore West shooting team.

Sam has improved tremendously from last year. She worked so hard in the offseason with AAU and a personal trainer to get ready for the season,” said Martin. “She has a really developed inside-out game and is one of our team captains.”

Joining her in the post will be center Anna Quinlan. Quinlan played many valuable minutes last season behind starting center Katie Proy. Proy graduated and now Quinlan has some big shoes to fill as a rim protector, rebounder and inside scoring threat.

Ferguson, a sophomore and talented perimeter defender, will hold down the small forward position. Ferguson also has a good outside shot, good ball handling skills and a tenacious attack when defending.

Look to Ferguson to be the one lining up against the opposition’s best player.

Tiesha Rivers will be the starting point guard this season, replacing Destiny Catania who left the team due to graduation.

“[Rivers] is a great ball handler only a 10th grader,” said Martin. “She has really improved her game since last year, good enough to take over at the point.”

The team will have a host of other contributors, including Jess Phillips and Lexi Dymond. Both players play with passion and tenacity and will look to be major contributors both from the starting lineup and of the bench.

The strength of the team will come from its inside-out game. Britto will hold down the fort in the paint, taking defenders from the inside and allowing the girls to get open for shots. If other teams guard the shooters, Britton has all the skill in the world to make buckets up close.

Competition will be fierce as the Blue Devils play in a talented Niagara Frontier League.

Rivals and school-district neighbors, Kenmore East, will provide immediate competition as they have a talented team with plenty of scoring ability.

Niagara-Wheatifled will look to compete with the Blue Devils as well as Lockport.

email: ltrimble@beenews.com

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