The St. Pius X girls basketball team is 12-0, its best start in over a decade. The Golden Lions are ranked No. 7 in the 4A classification and No. 43 in Georgia, according to MaxPreps.com. We discussed the squad’s perfect start last week with head coach, Kyle Snipes.
Q: Wylie Sheridan has posted 13 points and 6 rebounds per game. How has she impressed you most this season?
A: “Wylie has worked hard to put herself in a position to be the best post player and leader she can be. She has really worked on her footwork and finishing ability, but what I've been most impressed with has been her leadership. I think that has been one of the reasons we feel like we are having a nice start to the season. She's been positive and accepting of everyone on the team regardless of class, and I think that has been a big part of why the team enjoys hanging around together and doing things together. Very pleased with how she has taken to that leadership role.”
Q: What has been the team’s biggest strength in the first half of the season?
A: “I think the biggest strength of the team this year is that we don't have to rely on one person. Certainly, Wylie averaging 13 per game has been nice, but we also seem to have a different two to three people each night stepping up in various ways, whether it is scoring, rebounding or defending. It's not just one person or someone that thinks it should be just one person.”
Q: What is the team working to improve, heading into the second half of the season?
A: “The biggest thing we would like to improve is how we've started games. We've talked about how we've approached games as if we are dipping our toe into the water to gauge it and then go from there. We feel like we've been a good second-half team, but we would really like to improve upon our starts because at some point it will come back to haunt us.”
Q: In your opinion, what has been the team’s biggest win of the season?
A: “Well, we treat every win the same. If you go off of rankings, or things of that nature, people looking at the schedule would say the win over GAC would probably be the best, but I think any road win is the best win a team can have, and we've been able to win consistently away from home thus far. I think to win over GAC got us to really believe that we could have the type of season that the coaching staff thinks we can still have.”