Whiteoak Lady Wildcats varsity basketball preview


By Ryan Applegate - rapplegate@aimmediamidwest.com



The Whiteoak Lady Wildcats varsity basketball team poses for a picture in the gymnasium at Whiteoak High School prior to preseason practice. Front row (l-r): Cylee Bratton, Sydnie Raines, Sha Van-Lieu and Kara Ward. Back row (l-r): Assistant coach Nicholle Stratton, Hailey Montieth, Megan Botts, Courtney Gross, Jordan Griggs and Head coach Steve Smith. Not pictured: Ariel Farrahay.


Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

Schedule

Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm – 10:00pm (PREVIEW)West Union

Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm East Clinton

Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:30pm – 8:30pm @Paint Valley

Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm @Peebles

Mon Dec 4, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Fairfield

Thu Dec 7, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm West Union

Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Manchester

Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm @North Adams

Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm Fayetteville

Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm Westfall

Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Huntington

Thu Jan 4, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Lynchburg

Mon Jan 8, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern Brown

Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Peebles

Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:00pm – 7:00pm @Silver Grove, KY (Varsity ONLY)

Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Portsmouth Clay

Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Northwest

Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Ripley

Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Notre Dame

Thu Feb 1, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Fayetteville

Sat Feb 3, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Piketon

Mon Feb 5, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Fairfield

Thu Feb 8, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Manchester

The Whiteoak Lady Wildcats varsity basketball team will open their regular season on November 25 when they host the Lady Astros of East Clinton High School.

The Lady Wildcats will be coached by Steve Smith who returns to the program for a 14th season after an eight year layoff since the 2009-2010 season.

The Lady Wildcats will be represented by nine players this year including two seniors.

Smith is happy to be back in charge of the program after watching it struggle from a distance for the past eight seasons.

“I’m glad to be back. The numbers are way down and the program has been down for four or five years, just can’t get girls to come out and play,” said Smith.

“We have nine girls that are all good kids and good athletes. They a lacking in basketball because some of them have never played basketball,” Smith said.

Smith expects two of his returning players, Megan Botts and Cylee Bratton to lead this team this season.

“Megan is going to be the leader along with Cylee, they will be the two leaders for the team,” said Smith.

Coach Smith is determined to instill a winning attitude into the Lady Wildcats and said, “The girls need to learn that they can win, they are not just playing to be playing. If they play hard we have a chance to win ball games.”

Smith has been attending Whiteoak Lady Wildcats basketball games consistently during his time away from the sideline and he thinks that will give him a leg up when it comes to rebuilding the program.

Smith said, “Attending games in the past has helped me to know a little about some of the girls that I have. I watched them last year and I have an idea of what they are capable of.”

Smith hopes to improve the team this season and said, “I think with a little more organization and work we can beat some of the teams on our schedule this year.”

Reach Ryan Applegate at 937-402-2572, or on Twitter @RCApplegate89.

The Whiteoak Lady Wildcats varsity basketball team poses for a picture in the gymnasium at Whiteoak High School prior to preseason practice. Front row (l-r): Cylee Bratton, Sydnie Raines, Sha Van-Lieu and Kara Ward. Back row (l-r): Assistant coach Nicholle Stratton, Hailey Montieth, Megan Botts, Courtney Gross, Jordan Griggs and Head coach Steve Smith. Not pictured: Ariel Farrahay.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/11/web1_WHS-Girls-Basketball-2017.jpgThe Whiteoak Lady Wildcats varsity basketball team poses for a picture in the gymnasium at Whiteoak High School prior to preseason practice. Front row (l-r): Cylee Bratton, Sydnie Raines, Sha Van-Lieu and Kara Ward. Back row (l-r): Assistant coach Nicholle Stratton, Hailey Montieth, Megan Botts, Courtney Gross, Jordan Griggs and Head coach Steve Smith. Not pictured: Ariel Farrahay. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

By Ryan Applegate

rapplegate@aimmediamidwest.com

Schedule

Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm – 10:00pm (PREVIEW)West Union

Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm East Clinton

Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:30pm – 8:30pm @Paint Valley

Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm @Peebles

Mon Dec 4, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Fairfield

Thu Dec 7, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm West Union

Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Manchester

Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm @North Adams

Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm Fayetteville

Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm Westfall

Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Huntington

Thu Jan 4, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Lynchburg

Mon Jan 8, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern Brown

Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Peebles

Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:00pm – 7:00pm @Silver Grove, KY (Varsity ONLY)

Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Portsmouth Clay

Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Northwest

Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Ripley

Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Notre Dame

Thu Feb 1, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm @Fayetteville

Sat Feb 3, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Piketon

Mon Feb 5, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Fairfield

Thu Feb 8, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm Manchester