Saturday, August 13, 2022

Jonestown Girls basketball team facing numbers crunch – The Daily Gazette

Jonestown – Like many regional teams, the Jonestown girls’ basketball team finds itself facing a lack of numbers as it enters the new season.

The Lady Bills have only nine players on their roster and there is no junior varsity team this season.

With so few players, the playing conditions have been made more difficult to practice and this has made staying healthy the most important objective.

“If we stay healthy, we should be fine,” said Jonestown coach Tim Darwin. “It’s going to be important for us though.”

The Lady Bills went on to graduate from last season’s team, losing to Abby Vandewalker, Anna Lee, Meghan Mraz, Sarah Pratt and Abby Van Valkenburgh, leading 7–0 in their short season. Jonestown face Mayfield, Northville, Broadalbin-Perth and Gloversville in the Fulton County-only league due to COVID-19 protocols.

Lee leaves Jonestown as the Lady Bills’ all-time leading scorer and is playing at Sunny Brockport this year.

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“We lost some good players,” Darwin said.

The Lady Bills have just two seniors on this year’s roster – Callie Ahern and Jaden Wilson.

Wilson is in his fifth season on the Johnstown University squad.

“This is Jaden’s fifth year at university,” Darwin said. “She’s been a great player for us, and she’s one of our leaders this year.”

Wilson was also instrumental in helping Johnstown reach the Class B semi-finals in 2019-20. Lady Bills lost to Mecheel Christian and finished with an overall record of 13–10.

This year’s Jonestown roster features Abby Chest, Chelsea Johnson, Jadine Chest, Bella Burmas, Julian Hirst, Yazleen Brace and Lillian Baldwin.

“We have a good core of kids,” Darwin said. “We’re going to be competitive. I think we’re going to win a few games.”

To do so, Jonestown will have to avoid injury and illness as it has very few players on its roster.

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However, Darwin said he would not focus on the number of players in his lineup.

“We are not the only team in this boat,” he said. “It’s not good to have such a small number, but we have some good players, and we are going to make the most of it.”

The Lady Bills slammed Duensburg on Tuesday in its first on-court action against the opposition since March.

“…we did more than we could hold,” said Darwin. “Overall, it was a good scramble for us. We’ve got a lot to learn and work from.”

Jonestown is scheduled to host Queensbury in its regular season and Foothills Council opener on Thursday.

“Our goal is to get better every day,” Darwin said. “We want to improve every practice and every game.”

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