Girls’ Basketball Shoots for Gold in Competetive Division

Posted on January 4, 2013 by


Three years ago, Fleetwood Girls’ Basketball won one game against Octorara and lost twenty others by a landslide.

“That was then, and this is now. Our entire team dynamic has changed,” commented coach Matt Kellet. “We are excited about each of our players and what they can contribute to practice, games, and team chemistry.”

Last season, the girls ended on a bittersweet note, making it past the preliminary round of districts and ultimately losing to Gettysburg in Round 1. All season, they contended for one of two spots in Berks II to qualify for County Playoffs, but they just barely missed out. They finished the season 13-10 overall, and 5-7 in Berks II.  They also lost Autumn Noll and All-Divison Samantha Sanders to graduation.

“That showed the girls how far we’ve come, especially the graduating seniors, and that we can compete against quality teams,” Kellet said.

The girls hadn’t made it that far since 2008, and they still aren’t satisfied. They hope to go above and beyond this year. Due to changes within the division, the Tigers will no longer meet Berks I powers Wilson, Reading, and Governor Mifflin, which could be helpful.

That’s not to say it will be easy for them.

Fleetwood is now among Conrad Weiser (5 returning starters), Berks Catholic (2012 Berks IV Champs), and Hamburg (2012 County Playoff qualifier). Their division could potentially be the closest to call.

Their season has started off on the right foot, with a 51-20 win over Northern Lehigh and a 33-32 win over Ephrata. Of course, the super fans are just as excited as the players for this season to start. They too plan on continuing the work of last year.

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