Moorefield Girls Basketball reached the section semifinals last season and was ousted by a single shot at the buzzer, but this time there is a solution for a different outcome with sights on Charleston.
The Yellow Jackettes have been swarming the hardwood in practice to sharpen the attack for victories this season to improve on last year’s 12-12 finish.
There has been a steady climb over the past few seasons and finding the right formula to success has been through dedication and focus from the players.[private]
Moorefield Coach Paul Keplinger enters his seventh season with an overall record of 45-90 and his assistant coach is Pat McGregor.
“After improving so much last year and the disappointing end on ‘the shot’ we need to keep working to improve,” Moorefield Coach Paul Keplinger stated.
“Ultimate goal is to advance to state tournament. That is a very attainable goal with the potential talent on this team.”
Speaking of potential talent, Moorefield sophomore guard Lindsey Rinker was the leading scorer last season and selected to the Class A All-State Honorable Mention list.
Rinker has made remarkable growth on the court as a member of an AAU basketball team in Virginia playing in front of college coaches in big cities from New York to Dallas with knowledge she can share with her teammates.
Rinker has been a strong inside presence for the Yellow Jackettes and has a well-rounded shooting range.
Moorefield junior forward Emma Baker was recognized as a member of the Class A All-State Honorable Mention group last season as well.
Baker has tenacity in the paint creating baskets and snatching rebounds, but has a tremendous shooting range hitting perimeter shots.
Moorefield senior guard Nautica Crosco is a dynamic defensive player and proven to provide the speed needed to move the ball to the right spots on the floor.
Moorefield junior guard Ciara Smith is a good rebounder and has a nice jump shot in addition to aggressive defense challenging for the ball whether on a pass or off the rim.
Moorefield sophomore guard Anna Riggleman doesn’t back down from getting a rebound and is quick to the ball on defense and provides good ball handling leading to scoring attacks.
Sophomore forwards Madison McGregor and Isabelle Nesbit have been great defenders and have good overall shooting range to lift the Yellow Jackettes to victory.
Gianna Fair, a sophomore center, is the tallest player on the team and will provide rebounding and scoring presence in the paint.
The Yellow Jackettes have talented players ready to make an impact with sophomore Ruhama Hilemariam (F), plus freshmen Gracie O’Neill (F), Remi Hinkle (C), Hailey Biser (G) and Regan Davy (9).
Moorefield starts the season this Friday at East Hardy and the home opener will be on Monday against Class AA Berkeley Springs.
The Yellow Jackettes have two out-of-state competitors in Strasburg, Va. plus Allegany and Southern Garrett, Md.
Moorefield will play in the annual Petersburg Tip-Off Holiday Tournament on December 22-23.
The Yellow Jackettes were last in the state tournament in 2003, the sixth trip to Charleston in school history and there is potential for another trip buzzing in the Hive.
Coach Keplinger had a few comments about each of his players:
Nautica Crosco – Sr. Guard 3rd year player, returning starter, great quickness, physically strong, good defender
Emma Baker – Jr. Guard 3rd year player, honorable mention all-state, returning starter, good defender, rebounds well, offensive threat, can break down defensives with drive.
Ciara Smith – Jr. Forward 3rd year player, rebounds well, physical defender, good shooting range
Lindsey Rinker – So. Guard, 2nd year player, Returning starter, honorable mention all-state, all-PVC, smart basketball knowledge, great ball skills, team leader
Anna Riggleman – So. Forward 2nd year player, returning starter, hustler, physical player, good rebounding skills
Giana Fair – So. Center 2nd year player, can impact game with her size, shot blocker, improving post skills, high expectations for the year
Madison McGregor – So. Guard 2nd year player, Returning starter, great knowledge of the game, good shooter, smart defender, great attitude
Isabelle Nesbit – So. Guard 2nd year player, role player, plays hard
RuHamma Hilemariam – So guard 1st year player, positive attitude, hustles,
Gracie O’Neill – Fr. Guard 1st year player, good defender and rebounder, hustler, role player
Remington Hinkle – Fr. Forward 1st year player, role player, physical, good rebounder, looks to score
Regan Davy – Fr. Forward 1st year player, role player, very physical, good rebounder, physically strong
Haley Biser – Fr. guard 1st year player, hustler, physical, good attitude
“This is such a good group of girls who have great attitudes and want to be good basketball team. I am glad to have the opportunity to coach such a group,” Coach Keplinger concluded.[/private]