Ilwaco seventh-grade basketball team goes 3-5 for the past season

<I>SUBMITED photo</I><BR><B>Front L to R:</B> Charlotte Johnson, Felicia Zsiros, Tabitha Kruse, Brandace Zimmerman, Alexis Couch.Middle: Amanda Trusty, Danae Suprunowski, Dawnielle Childers, Desmin Wirkkala, Jillian Wheeler, Kim Cooke, Ariel Weir.Back:Marcella Morris, Samantha Millner, Coach Whealdon, Coach Crain, Alyssa Cousineau, Nicole Smith.

ILWACO - Ilwaco seventh-grade basketball coach Dan Whealdon said that with 35 girls on the junior high basketball it was a balancing act to try to compete and still have everyone receive playing time.

"We won three and lost five and the girls made a great deal of progress in seven weeks," he said.

Charlotte Johnson was the leading scorer on the team and Jillian Wheeler was second in points scored.Felicia Zsiros and Ariel Weir were likely the most improved players according to Whealdon. Weir, Brandace Zimmerman and Alyssa Cousineau led the team in rebounding.

Danae Suprunowski and Brady Wirkkala set the best screens and Marcella Morris played a very savvy defense, according to the coach.

Point guards for the team were Nicole Smith, Zsiros, Desmin Wirkkala, and Tabitha Kruse.At shooting guard, Whealdon had praise for Brandy Wirkkala, Suprunowski, Amanda Trusty and Kim Cooke.

Wings were Wheeler, Johnson and Morris.Posts were Zimmerman, Cousineau, and Weir.Alexis Couch, Dawnielle Childers and Samantha Milner added depth to the squad.Coach Crain helped Whealdon with the group.

"These ladies are an athletic team and should contribute to the high school varsity in a few years," Whealdon concluded.

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