Copley girls basketball team showed progress this season
COPLEY — Copley High School girls basketball head coach Darryl Anderson said his team showed progress this year but came up just short of one of its primary goals.
“We ended up 9-15, which was one game short of our anticipated goal,” he said. “I definitely think we could have won a couple of more games. We had a one-point loss at Tallmadge, where we let a lead get away in the last 10 seconds. We also had a loss to Barberton in the next to last game of the year, where they shot 30 free throws and we shot five. We had a six-point lead going into half time, and then they out-shot us 22 to two at the foul line in the second half. I don’t normally complain about officiating, but that’s a dramatic difference.”
Anderson said his team also was “bit by the injury bug.”
“Our leading scorer this year turned out to be freshman Kiley Blachaniec, and she missed five games due to a concussion, and so did one of our twins, Molly Schreiner,” he said. “Toward the end of the season, we had a couple of games where we were down to only six or seven of the original varsity players due to injury. The other thing is that we played the first 14 games without honorable mention returning sophomore Myriah Hoffman, who came back from a knee injury. Once she came back to the lineup, she had multiple games where she had 14 or 16 points, which shows the type of player she is. It was great that she came back, but she just needs to learn to trust her knee. I think she’s still only about 40 percent of what she was prior to the knee injury.”
Copley started a pair of freshmen in the backcourt this season, Anderson said, led by Blachaniec, who averaged “a little more than 10 points a game.”
“Kiley was also our second-leading rebounder, and she was No. 2 on the team in steals and in assists. She had a very good year, especially as a freshman playing varsity. She was chosen second-team all league in the Suburban League,” he stated. “We also started Tamia Parent as the other guard. Tamia is very knowledgeable about the game; she has a very good basketball IQ. She is getting to play with more confidence, and she has a good work ethic. She wants to be good. She just needs to work on her raw strength and her quickness.”
According to Anderson, Schreiner also played a key role for the team from the guard position as a junior.
“Molly really improved her confidence in her game. She led us to victory over Cloverleaf by knocking down 10 out of 10 free throws in crunch time,” the coach said. “She, along with her twin sister Clare, will give us good leadership next year. And junior guard Breaysia Moorer played with much more confidence and shot very well from the three. She also played very good defense and hustled.”
The team’s seniors this season were 5-foot-10 post player Kaela Drake and 5-foot-6 power forward Christiana Morgan.
“Kaela is a four-year letter winner. She averaged about seven points a game, and she was really our only big. She plays a hyper-aggressive style, and sometimes that would get her in foul trouble. She took about 13 charges during the season,” Anderson said. “Christiana is undersized, but she is a hard worker. She is like every coach’s go-to type of young lady. She knows the offense and the defense. Even though she’s going to be a doctor and has been accepted into a medical program, I told her that she is someone I could see being a high school or even a college coach someday. She knows the game and plays the game.”
Overall, the second-year coach said he believes the future is promising for the Copley girls basketball program.
“I think we made progress, especially since we played some younger players,” Anderson said. “We only had two seniors on the team this year, so there are quite a few lettermen coming back next year. I’m pleased that the junior varsity team won 10 games and the varsity team did win nine games. This was a youthful group that was just trying to find its way and learning how to win.”
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