Girls Basketball Goes Down Undah

BY DANIEL SIMONS

Roughly 10,019 miles is all that separates the Mariemont Lady Warriors and the Melbourne Sparks, but on December 31st, 2014, these two teams will meet at MHS for an international competition on the court.

After finishing the 2013-2014 season 18-8 overall and 10-4 in the CHL, the Lady Warriors kick off the season with eight straight home games,

(PHOTO BY WHITTELSEY) A first look at the new home jerseys for the Lady Warriors. This is the jersey they will be sporting for the game against the Sparks.

(PHOTO BY WHITTELSEY) A first look at the new home jerseys for the Lady Warriors. This is the jersey they will be sporting for the game against the Sparks.

including a game against the Melbourne Sparks.

The game between these two teams is scheduled for New Year’s Eve, which is an odd date, but Coach Weilbacher explained the scheduling conflicts.

“They are touring the US for a few weeks and they are in Cincinnati on  December 30th, so that was our window to play the game. The boys team has a tournament December 29th and 30th, so our only option was the 31st,” explains Weilbacher.

According to Weilbacher, the Sparks are making a stop in Kentucky, Los Angeles, and New York City as well.

Senior guard Julia Whittelsey, who averaged 7.3 points per game last year, said that this game hasn’t crossed their minds too much.

“We haven’t really talked too much about the match-up, but we tend to go into games with a mindset to play our hardest like any other game,” said Whittelsey.

Even though Whittelsey goes into games with the same mindset, she is excited to face a team that has never touched the shores of the USA.

“I haven’t really heard anything about the team. I am just excited to hear their accents,” says Whittelsey.

Senior forward Haley Jacobs says that she is excited for the chance to play the Sparks.

“It’s going to be a competitive game, but it’s also going to be fun to see the different kind of competition that’s out there, in this case international competition! But after the game we’re eating dinner with the team, so it’ll definitely be a learning experience,” says Jacobs.

While it may be a good learning experience, Jacobs admits there are still some fears.

“Right now, at least, I am imagining them to be a WNBA team,” said Jacobs.

Riding a two game win streak, the girls basketball team heads into a Saturday match-up with Reading sitting at 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the CHL.

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