By Chris Parker
Everton girls basketball is still rebuilding after not having enough players to field a program two seasons ago. Last year Everton won just one game.
This year the Lady Tigers will work to improve on that record.
Brooke Smith (sophomore point guard), Ezra Wood (sophomore guard), Madie Hays (senior guard), Kaylyn Whitney (senior guard) and Jazzmenn Luney (sophomore center/forward) return for Everton.
Smith started at point guard as a freshman. She will be looked to for more offense this year after averaging 3.9 ppg. Wood also will be asked to score more after contributing 3.5 ppg. Hays and Whitney will be senior leaders for the team. Whitney averaged 4 ppg. Luney led the team in scoring (7.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg) last season.
“Jazzmenn will have to get tougher in the post in order to be more effective this season but we have high hopes for her due to the confidence gained over the course of last season. She led our offense last year and will be expected to do it again,” Everton head coach Jennifer Miller said.
Freshman Trinity Hurt will have a varsity impact right away.
“Trinity has been a promising player for the last few years in junior high and we are really excited to finally have her on the high school team. If she works hard, she has the potential to be a starter,” Miller said.
“Most of our team is comprised of some younger players who had quite a bit of success in junior high. They are extremely hungry to see that success replicated at the varsity level. I believe they will work very hard to be competitive this year,” Miller said. “We must maintain our composure and not allow our opponents to dictate our confidence level to us. We must have better ball security and be more efficient on offense.”
Everton opens the season on Nov. 25 at home against Greenfield.