By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Amity’s going to be entering this season, as they wrapped up their Summer league slate this week, with a solid young core that they can continue to build from this season and beyond.
Granted that they lost four seniors from their 9-8 season this past year, seeing themselves reach the first round of the 3A postseason in the process, those seniors did leave a lasting mark on those returning into this season.
“It’s awesome because Brooke (Lopez) and Haley (Vanderzanden) were such great role models for the underclassmen as far as their court presence and things like that,” said Warriors Head Coach Amanda Grove. “even with how they persevered through that Covid year. There was one game against Blanchet where we only had six players and we played with six players the entire time.
“So just having them go through all that adversity and come back and play together in a full season, it really has been awesome. They’ve all been growing. Sara (Grove) I felt like she really stepped from being a freshman into a sophomore and being more confident with her court presence. Also, Angela Graham, who’s not here with us tonight, she has really improved on her court awareness. This makes me anxious to get into the gym and start the season….just to work on those little things.”
Amity went to Scio Tuesday night in the final round of Summer League games where they played the Loggers to a split before ending the night against 2A Gervais to close out the night’s worth of games with the week off drawing nearer next week.
Being able to knock off the cobwebs going into the Moratorium Week and going into the All-American Camp going into August, will help when the season ‘officially’ kicks off by the end of August and into September.
“It’s been awesome to have these many games and get the girls out on the court and starting to break through those things, like taking nine-months off from our last season, so working those things out going into the season I’m really excited about that,” Grove said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald