Experience is a a premium for the Sacred Heart girls basketball team this season, but that hasn’t stopped the Gremlins so far.
Sacred Heart’s roster features two seniors — Lexie Thompson and Laura Wadley — and one junior — Gabbi Holland. With plenty of spots to fill on the court, the Gremlins and coach Caleb Crooker have turned to the large and talented sophomore class.
Anjanae Williams, McKenna Beeler, Addy Wright and Elayna Ebers have become major parts of the Gremlins lineup already. Ebers has made her mark with her outside shooting.
“Ebers has a nice outside shot,” Crooker said. “She’s finally getting some confidence and it’s starting to show for her.”
Also seeing a lot of playing time and doing a lot of the scoring for Sacred Heart is freshman Maddy McClain.
“It’s just been really different because I’ve never worked with this group of people,” McClain said. “It’s been a lot of fun, pretty fun girls.”
Just a handful of games into her varsity career, McClain has put up nine points in a win over Green Ridge and followed that up with seven against Concordia.
“McClain, she’s always working hard in there, getting a lot of rebounds, cleaning up,” Crooker said. “… She hustles naturally, she’s just a person that’s going to give you 100 percent. She finds herself in good spots because of her hustle. She’s definitely not afraid. She’ll get int here and bang. She’s going to be a good one for us.”
Sacred Heart will open the new year with a visit to La Monte on Jan. 5.