There is a full-fledged youth movement taking place in the Brentwood girls’ basketball program.
“Our team is young this year,” said Rachel Thomas, the Lady Spartans’ energetic head coach. “There are no seniors on the (2014-15) roster.
“Even though this is a young team, many of the girls have played together for numerous years. I expect the team to work well, understanding each other’s strengthes and weaknesses.”
Guard Alicia Folino and forward Nicole Zdrojewski are the only juniors on this year’s squad.
The sophomore class dominates the roster, bolstered by the likes of guards Molly Huffman and Emma Betz; guard/forwards Hannah Livingston and Emily Kraeuter; and forwards Stephanie Thomas and Morgan Dryburgh.
Top freshman prospects include guard Brittany Stewart and forward Marie Stofesky.
“Our primary focus in the earlier stages of our season is getting our athletes ‘basketball ready,’ as many of them play multiple sports,” Thomas said. “I expect us to bring a fast-paced team to the court this season. We will focus on our speed and quickness, and will showcase a more-balanced team with contributions coming from many players.”
The Lady Spartans are members of Section 4-AA — home of defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Seton-La Salle — again this season.
“Seton-La Salle and Bishop Canevin are the top two teams in our section,” said Thomas, who is in her second year as Brentwood’s floor boss. “We expect to be very competitive and round out the top four teams to reach the playoffs.
“These young ladies are determined to continue the upswing of Brentwood basketball and return to the playoffs this year.”
Brentwood finished fourth in section action last season; defeated Freedom, 49-45, in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs; and ended up with a 15-7 overall record.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or [email protected].