By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– Through the past three years West Salem’s Lizzy Bennett has shown off some versatility on the court as she floated between the Wing and Post positions for the Titans, trying to contribute to the squad however she can to help the squad succeed.
Bennett was a Mountain Valley Conference First Teamer and was named Conference Player of the Year as a Junior this past Winter for a Titan squad that went 16-9 on the year and reached the postseason. But entering this upcoming season, that versatility will be bigger than ever as three freshmen are coming in and could aid in helping the West Salem Varsity come this upcoming season.
And with Summer Ball, it helps those freshmen get introduced to High School basketball as the squad looks to replace the produced by Baylee Butler and Mya Adams from this past season.
“It’s been very good,” Bennett said of her versatility. “We got three freshmen coming in and just stepping into that leadership role is important this year. It’s going to be big to show everyone how it goes, what the plays are like and that’ll help a lot. It’ll be a transition after we lost two seniors and this Summer ball gives us a chance to play together and learn from each other and it’ll help a lot.
“(It’s) super fun, I love this team, I love this community and I just love it.”
Bennett and her West Salem teammates wrapped up the second Wednesday of the three week Valley League schedule as they played conference opposition in Sprague at Silverton High School before bolting over to Silverton Middle School for a quick turnaround game to close out the night.
The Titans close out the three-week slate next Wednesday at Cascade High School in Turner when they play Lebanon (4:30pm) and McKay (6:30pm).
Photos By Jeremy McDonald