WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg coach Randy Crider wanted to put his players through some tests during their summer games to get an idea of just how improved his team will be heading into the 2019-20 season.
He said he liked what he saw, and believes his Lady Yellow Jackets are on the right path to success.
“Throughout summer ball, I wanted to see if the girls who stepped up and filled the void from (Lillie) Abbott’s season-ending injury were going to be the same girls continuing to fight and improve and show they still wanted it. I also wanted to see which younger girls would show up and be eager to try to win some playing time going into the season.
“Overall it was successful,” Crider added. “We were able to play a multitude of teams that played multiple styles which allowed us to work on many different things ourselves. We played some really good competition throughout the summer at each camp and event. I wasn’t necessarily surprised by anything, but I was glad to see some key girls who have been working hard since the end of last season continue to get better and be able to see some fruits of there labor.”
Crider pointed out he is pleased with the progression his players have shown during the summer, and one player, in particular, stood out.
“I think Ashley Chapman continues to improve each day,” he said. “She was somebody that throughout last season and summer ball improved drastically to the point that you can’t take her off the court. She isn't the type of player who will light up the scoreboard but does all the little things right.”
Crider said one of the biggest things that stood out to him is that some of the offensive pressure that’s been on Lillie Hall has been taken off thanks to some new additions to the team.
“With the addition of Gracie Lawson, who transferred last Christmas, and sat out the season, is a rising junior with little to no varsity time, she could help take up some slake at the point guard position. Also, the addition of Mikkah Siler this summer has been huge and will continue to be huge for us, as we get into the season. I think as long as we continue to stick with the process big things can come for the Lady Jackets this season.”