By Rob Tetro
The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team has two goals for the 2013-14 season.
Hannibal will be looking to build off of last season’s five wins effort and achieve their ultimate goal — returning to The Sectional Playoffs.
Hannibal comes into the season with a very experienced team, with eight returning players and seven of which are seniors. Coach Justin Enirght said senior leadership will provide the Lady Warriors with the stability any team needs to endure the ups and downs of a long season.
Enright compares the high school basketball season to a marathon. With this in mind, when practice begins, he expects his players to be physically prepared for what can be a long, strenuous season. Nearly all of Enright’s players took part in fall sports such as soccer or cross country, so most of his players begin the season in solid physical condition.
Seniors Gabby Griffin and Devin Sorell have been named team captains. This is the first time in Enright’s tenure as coach that he has named captains for the season. Usually, he names captains for each game while rotating captains throughout the season based on performance and leadership.
But, he considers Griffin and Sorell natural leaders as they have experienced the ups and downs the program has endured during the past few seasons. Griffin and Sorell also were also key parts to Hannibal’s sectional championship team two seasons ago.
“They know what it takes to make a run this year,” Enright said.
While assessing the schedule that awaits his team, Enright doesn’t pull any punches. He considers the Lady Warriors slate of opponents to be quite challenging. “The Class B girls’ basketball league is extremely competitive, but we look forward to the challenge.”, Enright said.
The most exciting aspect to Hannibal’s girls’ varsity basketball team is its depth. Enright said this is one of the deepest teams he’s ever had at Hannibal. However, he also likes how his younger players compliment his eight seniors.
One drawback is the Lady Warriors appear to lack height, which is a conflict Enright has dealt with before. “Like we have in past years, we will have to rely on our speed, quickness and good guard play to make up for our overall lack of height.”, he said.