By Chris Parker
Greenwood girls basketball had a breakout season last year with coach Mike Percival taking over. The Blue Jays finished 20-6 overall, which was the most wins for the program since at least 2009. The most games Greenwood girls basketball had won in a single season over the past decade was 15 back in 2014.
“Our chemistry within that group something that we relied on to help is have the success that we did,” Percival said.
The Blue Jays were a young team last year as well with the team’s top eight scorers being non-seniors. That experience gained last year could pay off in even more wins this year.
“We are much more aware of the system and expectations of a new philosophy,” Percival said.
Greenwood’s lone returning player that earned all-district honors last year is sophomore Bella Stuckey. Stuckey averaged a double-double at 13.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. She also led the team in blocks with 2.2 per game.
“Our expectations for Bella this season are that she continue to build off last year’s performance, as well as to develop her leadership aspects,” Percival said.
Senior guard Keely Roberts is the leading returning scorer for the team, as she brings back a scoring average of 13.6 points per game. Mallory Montgomery is the only other senior on the roster. She scored 7.9 points per game as a junior while pulling down 7.4 rebounds per game.
Juniors Blair Brown and Rachel Lordemann along with sophomores Rilyn Anderson, Tess Fowler, Allie Foresee, Hannah Gibbons and Camryn Parker will all be factors on the varsity level this year.
Freshmen Hannah Gibbons and Camryn Parker each have the potential to make an immediate varsity impact.
Greenwood opens the season on Nov. 23 at home against Diamond.