Tonight the Maricopa High School Lady Rams basketball team will take the court away at Wickenburg for their first game of this season. Their home opener will be Dec. 8 against Valley Christian from Chandler.
“The team has been working very hard to put together a strong season. We have eight returning varsity players and a few new additions that round out the squad,” said Coach Jenn Miller.
This year’s returning players are juniors Jalissa Bell, Amanda Hamm, Brittany Parks and Dee Streety.
Returning seniors are Arielle Fife, Jasmine Melvin, Chrmalika Muhammad and Karla Torres.
Rounding out the team roster will be new additions Erin Litchfield, a senior, and freshmen Julia Dickerson and Paige Provost.
According to Miller, last Friday’s scrimmage against Santan Foothills proved how quick the team can be “when they play solid defense.” She added that the coaching staff was pleased with the girls’ performance.
“We know we still have a lot of work to do,” added Miller. “We have an amazing group of freshmen this season. I expect great things from the girls, and we are excited to play in the new gymnasium (scheduled to open sometime in January).”
Two weeks ago several of the Lady Rams were at the Maricopa City Council meeting asking for financial assistance. “School budgets just don’t have funds to cover much beyond the absolute essentials,” explained Miller. “Booster clubs have become a necessity for sports programs these days.”
In this instance the Maricopa Girls’ Basketball Booster Club is helping raise funds for team shoes, travel bags, shirts and sweatshirts. The booster club president, Natasha Payton, hopes to hear from businesses and residents who want to help out. Payton can be reached at (520) 280-6781.
If you go:
What: Maricopa Girls’ Basketball home opener vs. Valley Christian
When: Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Maricopa High School gymnasium