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MONDSVILLE — Going into final season, John Marshall ladies basketball coach Brock Melko knew there could be some rising pains. Nonetheless, the younger Monarchs group was in a position to end the 2022-23 season with a powerful 15-8 document.
“We had good moments and unhealthy moments,” Melko stated. “Once we got here in we knew we had been going to be younger. Our freshmen had been in tradition shock. They’re used to profitable. It was a shock to them in a great way.”
“I form of checked out final 12 months as a bunch getting our ft moist within the pool with powers across the state. Hopefully now we’ll be able to deal with that.”
A type of freshmen final 12 months was Riley Storm, the Monarchs’ returning main scorer. In her first faculty season, Storm averaged 13 factors per sport to associate with over 4 rebounds (4.3), 4 assists (4.3) and two steals per sport (2.8) per sport.
Her teammates Kylie White, Masyn Inclan and Nia Miller performed strictly on varsity final season and Melko has excessive hopes for them.
“All 4 of them had moments the place they regarded actually good, after which had rookie moments the place they wanted to sluggish the sport down a little bit bit.
They had been coachable, realized and had shiny spots. “I think about that over the subsequent three years, they are going to be our leaders.”
Freshman Callie Dero returns to the lineup for her ultimate varsity season after a powerful junior outing. Dero averaged 11.9 factors and 5.6 rebounds per sport.
“We’re solely two weeks into the season, and if the Kylie we’ve the primary two weeks is the Kylie we’ll have throughout the month of March, she’s going to make our group one million instances higher,” Melko stated.
“She led loudly and thru her play.”
Atlanta Improve is the opposite senior whereas Tori Finlay, Corstin Ebert and Camryn Wales are the juniors. Lainee Farmer is one other sophomore whereas Kalyn Reese, Nora Shock and Janiah Zuk may see minutes as freshmen.
“I believed we had a extremely good season. We had quite a lot of success,” Melko stated. “Our purpose is to show ourselves proper. Loads of instances in sports activities, individuals use individuals who do not anticipate a lot from you as their motivation. I stated that on the primary day.
“I am not within the enterprise of worrying about different individuals. I feel we have performed an ideal job within the first two weeks. Our focus is that we predict we’re superb, so we wish to show ourselves as people as a group and as people. If we try this on the finish of the 12 months, it is going to be a profitable season.”
Milko is assisted by Curt Mele and Justin Eckleberry.