Girls’ Basketball Season Wrap-Up

The girls ended the season with a trip to the second round of playoffs for the first time in years.
The girls basketball team gathers together after defeating Mo-Valley to qualify for the second round of districts.
The girls’ basketball team gathers together after defeating Mo-Valley to qualify for the second round of districts.
Image/Graphics by Cheryl Mertz

The 2023-2024 season has now come to a close for the West Branch Lady Warriors. The girls’ basketball team ended their season with a record of 15-9, which is one more win than they had in the previous season. The team was announced as the Moshannon Valley League Champions for the season. The league consists of West Branch, Harmony, Curwensville, Moshannon Valley, and Glendale. West Branch went 7-1 within the league, only losing to Glendale once. This was a big goal and achievement for the Lady Warriors and they were glad to pick it up with the last game of the regular season. The Warriors had an outstanding team performance by finding roles for each player throughout the season. These roles consist of Erin Godin’s consistent foul shooting, Lily Williams’ blocking ability, Jenna Mertz’s points per game, Sarah Guglielmi’s assists, and Allison Shingledecker’s clutch three-point shots in close games. The Lady Warrior starting five had a tight-knit chemistry that helped the girls succeed throughout the 2023-2024 season. Alexa Prestash was the sixth man for the team, and when she got subbed in for the team she always came in with aggression and fire. The Warriors had some hard-fought losses this season, but they saw improvement from the previous seasons. The Lady Warrior losses consisted of Williamsburg, Tussey Mountain, Bald Eagle Area, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Glendale, Northern Bedford, and Bishop McCort. After these games, the girls gained lots of willpower to be better. Junior Sarah Guglielmi states, “Losing those games made our team better by showing us that making mistakes will always make us come back stronger. This season was a success, as a lot was learned and taken from it.  We worked hard to get where we got.” The Lady Warriors hope to continue their success next season but will have their work cut out for them after losing a ton of seniors. 

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