Young girls hoopers have much to build on

Jessica Watts, Staff writer

As is the case with several of St. Joseph’s sports teams, the girls’ basketball team is struggling with numbers in its program. Going at it with an eight-member team has been tough, but the Chargers have persevered and have put up some good showings at both their Thanksgiving and Christmas tournaments.

 

As for the season, the Chargers won two postseason games before falling in a regional final to host Lisle High School. Despite the early end to the season, the Chargers can hold their heads high as only better things will come next year.

 

On top of lower numbers, the Chargers also have a very young team this year – as there are no seniors on the roster. What this does mean, though, is that this year is a perfect building block to future Charger teams that can build around juniors Keri Mirabelli and Nessa Walsh.

 

“It makes it easier for the girls to gel,” Coach McGleam says. “They’ve got a good thing going; they’re really close and are easier to mold. I can just walk into the gym and coach.”

 

Both coaches are feeling really confident with the players they have now. Although they come from different schools, that also means they have different strengths, which makes them come together as a team very well.

 

As for an ultimate goal, McGleam hopes the girls learn to love the game and how to play with each other while having a successful and fun season.

 

“Going to state is always the goal, but we’re just taking it one step at a time,” McGleam says. “It’s always a goal of the coaches and the girls but we’re just going to see how the girls progress and how far we make our season last. It would definitely be fun to get back down there again.”

 

As for Charger fans, expect the girls to play at a high intensity. The girls are very aggressive and don’t like to lose. They are going to do whatever they can to do their best and win each game.