Deer Isle—The girls basketball team is mostly young with limited numbers. With only four players with any amount of varsity experience, it will be a building year to get the younger players up to the speed of varsity play.
The team includes seniors Jesslyn Gove and Madison Frazier, junior Orly Vaughan, and sophomore Lily Gray, who all have varsity experience from last year. Sophomores Sadie Rice, Abby Stinson, and Kaley Eaton all saw limited varsity time last year.
Freshmen Katie Hutchinson and Brienna Lymburner have good skills and freshmen Ella Marshall and Sailor Eaton along with junior Ava Lowrey are learning the fundamentals.
The challenge for Coach Randy Shepard is to instill the fundamentals in the newer players but also get everyone working together with all the defenses and plays. If this sounds like a tall order, it is. Losing 1,000 point scorer Ally Eaton will put pressure on these players to develop an offense.
Unlike soccer, the experienced eighth graders will not be playing to strengthen this team. How fast the younger players catch up to the other players will determine how successful this team will be. This will probably take some time. Everyone will have to step up and stay focused in making a big effort to find success.