By Chris Parker
Sue Ginnings takes over as head coach of the Weaubleau girls basketball program this year after serving as an assistant the past three seasons.
She inherits a program that has posted five consecutive winning seasons including a 19-7 finish last year. Two all-conference players graduated from that team including leading scorer Jenna Daggett.
The cupboard is far from empty with seven players who saw action in at least 17 varsity games last year returning.
Seniors Katie Ginnings and Grayce Hostettler lead those returning players. Ginnings earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors last season. She averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
“(Ginnings) will have to step up into the leader role,” Coach Ginnings said. “She is long and athletic inside the paint and makes it hard to score over, and has developed her outside shot.”
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Hostettler averaged 5.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last year. She is a strong defender and rebounder who will look to own the paint.
The remaining returning players are: Sutton Mitchell (sophomore), Jaylee Daggett (sophomore), Jaylnn Rogers (sophomore), Brynn Mitchell (senior) and Tayler Ashlock (sophomore). Mitchell will spend time at point guard. Daggett is a strong defender. Rogers has a knack for finding the open spot at the right time. Mitchell has good speed and will be a strong defender. Ashlock has developed a strong three-point shot.
Freshmen Addison Ratliff and Delaney Welch will see varsity action immediately. Ratliff will slide into a role at point guard. Welch is another guard who is a strong defender.
Weaubleau will host a jamboree on Nov. 18 before opening the season on Nov. 30 at home against Lakeland.
“This is a good group of athletic girls, and I believe that we will be able to compete with most of the teams on our schedule,” Ginnings said. “We will be young, but I am confident that they will work hard and get better every game. We will have to value every possession, and take care of the ball.”