Geena Locicero, Women’s Basketball and Softball Player
Coach Helm stepped up to the plate this year with a relatively blank state: not to diminish the past of the program, but only three players from the previous season’s line-up returned. When Helm was asked how he intends to grow the number of members on the team’s dwindling roster, he has a clear plan. This season is about rebuilding. They are going to work hard and grow together as a team. After that, the focus will be on recruiting:
“We will recruit mostly from the local area and region, but I do have recruiting contacts across the country and international that I will tap into if needed.”
Despite Helm’s solid plan for restructuring the future of CCSJ Women’s Basketball, something had to be done about the current dearth of players. First-year assistant, Alyssa White wouldn’t be satisfied with a non-competitive season, so she took it upon herself to lasso up some “free-radicals,” pun intended, into the line-up to fill out the roster and allow the girl’s team to compete. With a little persistence, she was able to gather five committed student-athletes to volunteer their time: volleyball players Julyssa Saez, Andrea Zamora, Brittni Kisul, and Stephanie Daniels, and softball player, Geena Locicero. The five join Delores Moor, Daionna Epps-Jones, and Samirah Ali in this season’s lineup.
The new starting point guard Julyssa Saez expressed optimism about this season: “The transition from volleyball to basketball [for some of the new players] is a huge one, but our coach’s energy toward building team unity gives us confidence to go out and perform to the best of our abilities.”
This isn’t the first time CCSJ Women’s Basketball has faced adversity. In the 2014-2015 season, the women’s team was left without a coach in the mid-season. Time and again, the program has proven itself capable of finishing races strewn with hurdles, but reflecting on some inspirational words from last year might help propel this year’s Lady Wave.
Former CCSJ Guard Gia Ezell once said, “This has not been an easy year for any of us. But as long as at the end of the season we can say we left it all on the court, win or lose, I will be happy with us and feel like we finished like champions.”
Come out and cheer on the Lady Wave Basketball as they take on Olivet Nazarene University at home on 12/2 at 5:00 PM.
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