NW girls coach hoping expectations turn into success on court

By Austin Bishop

The Winston County Journal


So far, Nanih Waiya associate head girls basketball coach Courtnee Graham likes what she sees.

“I feel like we are improving and coming around,” Graham said. “I especially like the way the girls worked and played together this summer. But you never really know until you get out there and start playing games. Right now I have good expectations, but we will know more what we have once the season starts.”

The season for the Lady Warriors is set to begin on Thursday when they play host to French Camp Academy. After that there will be a break in games due to the Thanksgiving holidays, with Nanih Waiya returning to action Dec. 5-7 when they take part in the Sebastopol Invitational. The next home game for the Lady Warriors will be Tuesday, Dec. 10 when Ethel pays a visit.

“We are young, but we do have two seniors coming back to help us,” Graham said. “We have a lot of sophomores we are counting on to step up this year. Last year they got some experience as the junior varsity.”

Leslie Estes will try to use her height to the Lady Warriors advantage on the inside, while Madison Holdiness will pay some at post and at a guard spot.

Working at the point will be Marlee Parkes and Katylyn Burrage, while Krysten Eaves, Mackenzie Johnson and Kenley McMullan will work at the wings along with Holdiness. Also providing depth and seeing some playing time will be Brantlie Sheets and Rebecca Stokes.