The St. Pius X girls basketball team’s summer preparation have concluded. The team participated in several scrimmages and journeyed to a team camp at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In recent months, the team has battled through multiple injuries, leading to an increase in playing time for some of the younger athletes.

The Golden Lions graduated only two seniors last year but lost impact shooter and all-region scorer, Emma Drash. Post Wylie Sheridan is expected to emerge as one of the leaders of the team because of her spectacular inside scoring and rebounding presence. Third-year varsity juniors Lindsey Broadway, Georgie Dooley and Anna Elizabeth Whitlark have stepped up and performed well throughout the summer games. Following injuries to two of the team’s top point guards, including returning starter Karis Coleman, Isabella Franco has emerged at the helm of the offense.

The team expects several freshmen to contribute in their rookie seasons.

“They are basketball-first players, so they don’t split time with another sport,” said coach Kyle Snipes. “We have several multi-sport kids, and when you mix them with basketball-first players it helps elevate how everyone plays.”

Snipes is pleased with the progress his team has made this summer.

“The older kids were receptive of the younger kids and vice versa,” he said. “It was a good blend. It helps when everyone in the program is on the same page with what we are wanting to do offensively and defensively for the first time in a while.”

The Golden Lions are changing their defense for the first time in years. Snipes explained that the shift in defenses will make the team and program better.

“Being comfortable with the new defense and understanding the changes will help us in the long run, especially with more practice once October gets here,” he said.

The team will open the season against Cherokee Bluff on November 19, looking to build on a AAAA Sweet 16 campaign one season ago.

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