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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' BASKETBALL: ELMIRA SET TO OPEN SEASON AT CHARLIE SIBLEY TOURNEY (2023-12-01)

Southern Tier Sports Report
The Elmira girls’ basketball team returns a solid group of players this year, and welcomes some newcomers as they look to have a strong season this year.

ELMIRA GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Coaches Name; A'Don Allen
Returning Athletes:
Laila Burchard, Ellie Clearwater, Destiny Mundy, Rhiannon Perkins, Addison Taft,  Caitlyn Wagner, Ashaya Wallace, Alyvia Woodruff,
Thoughts on Returning Players: 4 of the 7 returning players were starters at some point last season and have put in a tremendous amount of work in this off-season! Our returners are game tested and bring plenty of experience.  The kids worked hard on the AAU Circuit, Summer League and in Pre-Season Workouts.  The energy level brought in so far this pre-season has been nothing short of amazing.  The returners are leading by example with great energy and great leadership and it's trickling down to the younger girls.  It's so much easier to coach when you have a group of girls who truly want to be there every day and want to get better every day.  Ellie Clearwater was our 2nd leading scorer and leader in assists, blocks and was second on the team in steals. She was an All-League selection last season and looks to take her game to the next level this season.   Laila Burchard was one of the most improved players in the STAC last year from start to finish.  Caitlyn Wagner started in the middle and got better each game.  Ashaya Wallace has the potential to be one of the top 2-way players in the area.  Addison Taft's is one of the top athletes in the area and will provide energy and defense.  Rhiannon Perkins is greatly improved as brings experience and leadership to the front court.  Alyvia Woodruff will provide an explosive option at the guard position.  Destiny Mundy improved greatly over the season will provide depth at the frontcourt positions. 

Newcomers: 
Miley Baker, Eskarli Fortuna, Alyvia Heath, Mariah Matias, Savanna Ross, Makayla Robicheaux, Khiliyah Torres
Thoughts on Newcomers: The Newcomers have done a great job so far.  We had fantastic turnout at our open gyms and preseason workouts this fall.  Mariah Matias had a fantastic off-season and is preparing to have a big role this season.  Miley Baker will provide depth at the guard position.  Alyvia Heath brings size and athleticism to the frontcourt.  Makayla Robicheaux joins us from Louisiana and brings tenacity to the guard spots.  Eskarli Fortuna, Savanna Ross and Khiliyah Torres add much needed depth.

Thoughts on the League:  The League is what is always is, No Nights off.  The STAC is stronger than it was last year.  The West and Metro will be a dogfight every night.  There are quality basketball players and coaches on every team in the League.  Horseheads, U-E, JC, Binghamton will all be super talented.  Vestal will be much improved, Maine-Endwell is always tough and Corning And Ithaca are always strong.  There will not be an easy game in the STAC this year.  We will all have to work hard to prepare for the Gauntlet that is the STAC. 

Any Former Athletes Competing in College:
Kiara Fisher, Marist
Morgan Gentile, Edinboro
Zaria Shazer, Marist
Zhane Holmes. Roberts Wesleyan
Megan Fedor, St. Thomas Aquinas
Lauren Miller, Mansfield
Amarionah Dixon, Tompkins Cortland Community College
Jalea Abrams, Queens College
Ja'Nyah Harris, Corning Community College
Alaejah Wallace, Corning Community College
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IN PHOTO: ELMIRA SCRIMMAGES AGAINST WATKINS GLEN. . . PHOTO BY BRIAN FEES


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