PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. (WWNY) - Coach Jim Whitley's Indian River girls' basketball team has jumped out of the gates quickly into the 2019-2020 season, posting a 3-2 record with victories over Lowville, Bishop Grimes, and Watertown.
The Lady Warriors are preparing for Frontier League play with a challenging non-league schedule.
“I think we’re off to a good start and I think we’re going to be challenged with a good non-league schedule,” Whitley said. “Also, it’s a little different dynamic with South Jeff coming up to our division -- we’re gonna be playing against them twice, which is going to be a challenge. We also play at Bishop Ludden, we play Bishop Grimes again, we play Whitesboro again, Fayetteville-Manlius, so we certainly have a challenging schedule ahead of us.”
The Lady Warriors' defense has been tough through five games, allowing just 40 points a game, while the offense is averaging 50 points a contest.
With a solid mix of veterans and underclassmen, the players are optimistic about what lies ahead.
“We hustle a lot, we have great effort and we all come together as a team during the games,” Adrien LaMora said. “We have some veterans coming back, we also have young eighth graders that are, like, they have experience.”
“We have a really smart team -- I think we’ve all grown just from even the beginning of the practices, like, a whole lot,” Madison Staples said. I think we’re doing, like, really good this year. I think we can do a whole lot better as the season goes on, too."
Look for the Lady Warriors to challenge South Jeff for the Frontier League A Division title this season.