Head Coach Quinn O’Brien has a unique composition of players this season. He has four seniors, only one who has been on the team longer than two years, zero juniors, three sophomores, five freshmen, and a seventh- grader.
It’s safe to say that this team hasn’t played with each other very much, and that can often lead to problems early on in a season. That didn’t happen for the Wyverns. The girls basketball team opened up their season at Taft on Thursday, Dec. 5. In a hostile environment, the team rallied behind senior Captain Angelina Maselli who scored 14 points. The game finished 34-30 with KO ahead at the end.
The Wyverns then had their home opener on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Williston Northampton School. This game came down to the wire, and unfortunantly KO just came up short, losing 55-50 in overtime. Despite the loss, this was a well-played game by the Wyverns. “Everyone played their role and did what they were supposed to do,” senior Molly Jones said. She also credited sophomore Lindsay Bailey and seventh-grader Emily Knowles on playing tremendous defense on Williston Northampton’s best player.
These games will hopefully serve as a springboard for the girls basketball team, especially after a tough season last year. Coach O’Brien decided to switch things up this season in the hope of bringing KO back to their winning ways. “We have decided to do some things this year that are new for everyone,” Coach O’Brien said. “It has helped bring about a spirit of cohesion.”
The biggest change from last season to this season is the style of basketball that the girls team plays. Last season, a few players took the majority of the shots, but this season everyone plays together as a team. “Everyone has everyone’s back,” Jones said. She also added that the biggest improvement the team needs to make this season is gaining confidence in this new system of basketball. Jones said she was optimistic that once this young team begins to trust their shot and trust their touch when driving to the basket, that the team will drastically improve.
Coach O’Brien also complimented his team on their willingness to accept this change. “The team spirit and mature understanding that we are all in this together has really been helpful as we fight through learning new concepts in very limited time,” Coach O’Brien said. One of the focal points of Coach O’Brien’s coaching philosophy is team chemistry. He said he believes that no matter the record, if the team works and interacts with each other well that everyone will have a positive experience.
The girls basketball team will continue their season with the KITs Quarter Finals this Friday at 7:00 p.m. vs. Capital Prep Harbor School in Hewett gym.
And keep your eyes on the KITs this weekend. If the Wyverns win this game, they will play Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Hewett gym, and if they reach the finals, that game will be on Sunday in Hewett gym at 1:00 p.m.