Girls Varsity Basketball Update
Girls basketball is off to a great start!
Current Record: 14 – 5
Region Record: 2 – 1
After a record-breaking 25-3 run in 2017-18 that culminated in the school’s first-ever Region 4-AAA regular season & tournament titles plus a trip to the program’s second GISA AAA Final Four in its history, Westminster said goodbye to 6 seniors (including 4 starters) last season.
The 2018-19 Lady Wildcat Hoopsters most daunting task was to try to replace those 2017-18 seniors’ statistical output as 82% of their scoring & 78% of their rebounding graduated in May of 2018. Two 2018 GISA All-State players pursued college level playing opportunities – point guard Ashley Davis is now playing at Georgia College & State University & wing Bobbi Wardwell took her talents to Shorter University.
For the Lady Wildcats’ coaching staff, the challenge of teaching primarily fundamentals and program basics to 9 new players this season, 7 of whom are freshmen, was something Head Coach Greg Wilson knew would be quite an undertaking.
“From a coaching standpoint, this hasn’t been an easy season by any stretch, but overall, we are pleased with how our 9 new players have embraced our staff’s expectations and we believe they are starting to embrace a work ethic that reflects what our past successful teams have established,” said Coach Greg Wilson (181 – 109 overall at WSA), now in his 10th season at Westminster after coaching 9 seasons at Augusta University.
“You’re talking about 60% of our team being new to our program this season; that’s a lot to overcome if you want to be competitive in Region 4-AAA, but to date, we have been able to be competitive most nights.”
The Lady Wildcats are currently in the midst of a 102 – 27 run over the past 4+ seasons, something Wilson fears is often taken for granted by fans and players alike.
“Many folks both in and around our program don’t understand what it takes to play at such a high level and then to be able to sustain that high level of play over time,” commented Wilson.
“Many players think all they have to do is show up at practice and improvement just occurs naturally. That has never been the case! The game honors commitment, diligence, patience, and quality time spent working on the necessary skills. There aren’t any magic potions or pills! We’ve got a long way to go if we are going to continue the run of success we’ve grown accustomed to over the past 4+ seasons.”
The Lady Cats are currently tied with Augusta Prep for second place in Region 4-AAA and will host the Lady Cavaliers this Friday night at 6PM.
“This is Prep’s best team in 5, maybe 6 seasons,” Wilson estimated. “This won’t be easy, but for this group, really nothing has come easily. We’ve clawed and scratched our way to 14 – 5 this season, but we’ve never been able to relax while doing it, that’s for sure.”