2017-11-29 / Sports

Lady Indians basketball making adjustments for 2017-2018 season

by Jamie Harris


Berkeley Springs High School Basketball Team, front: Caden Gates manager. Seated, left to right: Tyaira Mifflin, Catie Cain, Tori Reed, Morgan Smailes, McKennah Mullen, Katey Banks, Gena Burch and Dana Loudan. Standing: Caybrie Clatterbuck, Hynnja Dietrich, Darby Harris, Brooke Davison, Katie Hoffman, Taylor Stotler, Kaleah Mellott and Karalyne Banks. Berkeley Springs High School Basketball Team, front: Caden Gates manager. Seated, left to right: Tyaira Mifflin, Catie Cain, Tori Reed, Morgan Smailes, McKennah Mullen, Katey Banks, Gena Burch and Dana Loudan. Standing: Caybrie Clatterbuck, Hynnja Dietrich, Darby Harris, Brooke Davison, Katie Hoffman, Taylor Stotler, Kaleah Mellott and Karalyne Banks. The 2017-2018 Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians basketball season will have some missing elements to this year’s team.

The team will return senior starters and Morgan Messenger and Hancock News All Area team members McKennah Mullen, Tori Reed and Morgan Smailes along with junior starter Darby Harris. Mullen (5.2 ppg), Smailes (7.3 ppg), Harris and Reed (2.5 ppg) will be counted on to step up their game this season.

However the Lady Indians will be without senior Emily Young one of the team’s leading scorers the last two seasons. Young decided not to return for her senior basketball season.

On top of that, Berkeley Springs lost their second leading scorer, Brooke Davison, who suffered an injury that will put her out for the season. Davison will continue to be a part of the program as a student assistant coach.

Adding to the mix, the Lady Indians will not have their veteran coach of 27 years Dale McCumbee patrolling the sidelines until January. McCumbee recently had back surgery that has knocked him out of coaching for the time being.

McCumbee’s assistant coaches Mike Banks, Jeannie Harris and Mike Webster have been stepping in and coaching the team for the practices and scrimmages.

Despite the setbacks and adversity the Lady Indians are going with the “Next Player Up” mentality.

Along with the previously mentioned starters returning, the Lady Indians will have senior Katey Banks who saw a lot of minutes on the court last season. Two seniors who were not part of the program last year, but saw a lot of playing time their freshman and sophomore year are back as Kat McLaughlin and Gena Burch will give the Lady Indians some more depth at the post and guard positions.

“We are counting on different players to rise to the occasion this year. While losing key players always hurts, it also gives other players the opportunity to show what they can do,” stated McCumbee.

“It’s a great advantage in practice to have seniors that know the system and can be such a great influence on the younger players. We’ve been able to spend more time on executing what we already know instead of them having to learn new plays and defenses,” stated McCumbee.

McCumbee and his coaching staff can also look to the rest of their roster to contribute if they are needed at the varsity level. The roster includes senior Catie Cain, junior Katie Hoffman, sophmores Hynnja Dietrich, Taylor Stotler and Kaleah Mellott. Freshmen Caybrie Clatterbuck, Karalyne Banks, Dana Loudan and Tyaira Mifflin round out the roster. That group will also get a lot of playing time with the junior varsity schedule as well.

The Lady Indians will open up their 2017-2018 season this Friday, December 1 with their Tip-Off Class against AAA Washington High School at 7 p.m.

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