Nov. 4—The Washington Catholic Lady Cardinals hope to use some of their soccer success from this fall and turn it into basketball success this winter on the hardcourt.
The Cards won a soccer sectional this fall and many of the girls will be part of the basketball program as well.
WC was 5-13 last season for first year coach Karie Craney, but showed improvement, starting the year 1-8 and finishing the year going 4-5. Craney was the fifth coach in the last five years, but had the best winning percentage since 2008-2009.
WC will return a big chunk of last year's scoring, including top scorer Mya Cline. Also returning are Brynna Hunter, Addie Talbert, and Tara Vertus.
WC's wins last season came over Evansville Christian, Columbus Christian, Cannelton, Dugger Union and Bloomington Lighthouse.
"I'm hoping for more wins. I think a goal is a major goal for us is to have some wins in the Blue Chip conferences coming season for sure. We only lost one senior Alyssa Davidson. I think Mya and Brynna are going to be powerful seniors for us going forward this season. So they've all got the capability of scoring. I'm excited to have healthy team to start the season and I pray we stay there. I'm excited to have our two bigs downlow. Addie Talbert and Tara Virtus. Tara put in a lot of work this summer, getting ready as a big how to step into a big role as a freshman last season," said Craney. "We aren't sure who our fifth is going to be and there is still some players who may still come out."
"I think we we have to look to do what we can do for ourselves as a team; be offensive and score more. rebounding the ball and playing good defense, no matter who our opponent is. We know that we have to cut turnovers down and work on ball handling," Craney added.
This year, WC opens with it's first two games on the road with Shakamak and North Central, following by a home test with North Knox. They also face Vincennes Rivet on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving followed by Northeast Dubois on the 29th. Other games of local interest include Loogootee Dec. 8, South Knox on Jan. 5, Barr-Reeve on Jan. 10 and North Daviess on Jan. 19.
WC is hoping to win its first sectional title since 2004 and get is first win in the sectional game win since 2007.