22-23 Winter Preview: Wilmington girls basketball

Wilmington finished 7-3 in the American and 12-9 in all games.

But the Hurricane got off to a slow start, winning just four of its first 10 games. An 8-3 finish, which included a thriller 40-38 win over East Clinton, gaves WHS hope for this season.

Sophie Huffman and Katie Murphy were the dynamic duo for WHS last season, both earning first team All-SBAAC honors. It was the second first-team league award for each player.

Murphy led WHS with 11 points, 4.4 rebounds per game while Huffman was the engine in the offense with 5.5 assists, 9 points, 2.8 steals per outing.

Elle Martin (8 points) and Ke’Asia Robinson (8 points) gave WHS four solid scorers for opposing defenses to track.

Head coach Zach Williams is in his seventh season at WHS. He is assisted by Chad Fields and Dennis Nance.

There are eight returning players in all, with all five starters.

Newcomers to note are Aidynne Tippett and Taija Walker. Tippett was listed as a senior last season on the SBAAC website and was noted as such in the print edition of the preview. The New Journal regrets the error.

Williams said the seniors have taken leadership of the team “because they know what is expected.”

The coach said he likes the team chemistry. The squad needs to work on its boxouts.

To contend in the SBAAC American, Williams said his team must stay injury free and play their best.