As the cold winter nights start to come around, it can only mean one thing: basketball season. Coach Tina DeMichele cannot be more excited after a successful 2018-2019 campaign. Creek’s varsity girls look to exceed expectations through January, starting with their game on Tuesday, Nov. 12 against Trimble Tech at home at 6:30 p.m.
Throughout her tenure, none of DeMichele’s teams have pushed beyond the second round; however, this year’s squad looks to be different.
Suffering a major loss of last year’s leading scorer, Mele Kailahi, due to aging out, the younger players see an opportunity to step up to fulfill bigger roles.
“LaNae has really done a great job as far as stepping up as a leader on this team, especially considering that we only have two seniors,” DeMichele said. “Junior wise, Mia Topping was stepping up but fractured her fingered, so we [look] to get her back in six weeks by district.”
Whilst the loss of Topping for six weeks may seem devastating to the team’s core, Topping has full faith in her teammates and continues to support them from the side.
“I believe that my squad is one of the best anyone could have and I honestly believe they can do just fine without me,” Topping explained. “Every single person on that team is so incredibly talented and together I believe that there is nothing they can’t do.”
The key to this team will be playing smart and to their strengths. Through an athletic core and lockdown guards, this squad will look to make good defense create a better offense. The fast play and exciting offense will look to help #fillthenest this year. Keeping a fast pace and playing in transition, this squad aims to out-hustle any and all opponents.
“They’re fun to coach and fun to watch,” DeMichele concluded. “They really are a great group.”
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