Foudray, Small, Webster return for Kettle Run girls on quest for 1st winning season
Friday, Dec. 6
Addy Fourdray is one of Kettle Run's three returning starters from a team that went 7-15 last season. --Photo by Adam Goings
Every team always wants a few more days to practice.
Kettle Run girls basketball coach Sarah Ventresco probably could use it, too, as she readied for Tuesday's season opener against Skyline.
Kettle Run had its final scrimmage last Saturday at Luray, and Ventresco wanted a little more time before facing the Hawks.
"We still have more conditioning to do," she said. "Just a lot of fundamentals, fine-tuning our defensive rotation, our box-out and ramping up our intensity."
Fortunately, the Cougars do return a group of experienced players.
Addy Foudray, Hannah Small and Jasmine Webster return to the starting lineup. Returnees Ellie Heflin and Kiana Walker also started at times last winter.
"Addy's back for her fourth year at point guard. Addy's been working on her shot, and we're hoping to make her more of a scorer," Ventresco said.
The second year coach said Walker is a good outside shooter and Helflin's ballhandling skills will help to take some pressure off Foudray at the point.
The Cougars graduated only one player in Melissa McCann, but she was a standout rebounder and the team's tallest player who earned all-Evergreen District first team honors.
"We're lacking height. We hope to compensate with quickness and defensive prowess," Ventresco said.
Kettle Run suffered another loss this fall when Emily Yergin suffered a serious knee injury playing fall travel soccer, and it required significant surgery.
Counting two other less serious injuries, and the Cougars had only nine healthy players for Tuesday's season opener.
Hannah Frye, Kori Nicolai, Jessie Imbs, Abbey Small, Kya Bland and Elizabeth Keeler are the other varsity Cougars.
Kettle Run is in its first season in the Virginia High School League's new conference system. Coach Ventresco admits she knows little about new rivals Spotsylvania, Manassas Park, Culpeper and James Monroe — Kettle Run's foes in the upcoming Conference 27 wars.
One Conference 27 rival the Cougars are familiar with is Brentsville.
Ventresco said she is sharing information with Brentsville coaches as she tries to learn info about the new conference teams.
December will be a very busy month, with 10 of the team's 22 games in a 25-day span.
"We have two weeks with three games each," the coach said.
Kettle Run plays at Park View Friday before the home opener Monday vs. Freedom (South Riding).
The junior varsity team includes Morgan Twomey, Emily Trotto, Kilet Buster, Bailey Delacruz, Madison Fitzpatrick, Melanie Sutphin, Ashley Sullivan, Erin Smith, Morgan Holmes, Morgan Jones, Lily Kase, Chardane Logan, Anjel Sanders and Sara Richardson.
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