They’re back! WLC brings back girls varsity hoop tonight
The winter season competition officially begins tonight, and a special game will be played at 6 p.m. in Epping.
It will be the first girls varsity basketball game for the Wilton-Lyndeborough Warriors since the end of the 2018-19 season.
Yes, they’re back. WLC had to cancel its varsity season due to lack of numbers in late November, 2019, and competed on the JV level the last couple of years.
Well now those younger players are ready for varsity duty, and the Warrior will have 11 players on the roster, four of them seniors, when they take on Epping in the Divsion IV season opener for both. Also tonight, the WLC boys under new/old coach Ken Garnham, will open up at home at 7 p.m. vs.
“The girls have been looking forward to returning to a varsity schedule,” Warriors coach Tom Crowley said. “We’ve been a strong JV team and I believe we should be able to continue with that.”
The four seniors on the Warriors are 5-11 forward Bri Fish, 5-7 forward Ava Unsworth, 5-5 forward Ryleigh Smith, and 5-7 forward Zoey Hall. WLC also had a 5-11 junior forward, Adri Bausha.
But what’s good about the future of the program is the Warriors have six underclassmen on the roster, including five guards led by 5-6 sophomore Kelsey Crouse. There are three freshmen and an eighth grader on the squad.
“They’re a very hard-working group,” Crowley said. “They’ve been improving every day. I think we’re going to be tough to play and I’m excited to see all the work they’ve put in pay off.”
The Warriors have another road game next Tuesday at Mascenic, and then are home next Friday as part of a WLC tradition returning — a girl-boy hoop doubleheader, this one vs. Farmington. The girls will play at 5:30, the boys at 7.
Welcome back, Wilton-Lyndeborough varsity girls hoop.
Garnham coached the Warriors to the first basketball title in school history back in March of 2015 as they beat Epping for the title.
The Warriors were in a coaching quandry last year when then head coach Wiley Billings stepped down midway through the season due to personal reasons. The Warriors went through seven coaches since winning that title.