Posted On: 08/26/19 11:20 AM
When Seneca Valley Girls Basketball Coach Ali Hashemzadeh came in last season, his main goal was to be competitive. Now as the team returns four starters from a .500 record last year, the expectations have drastically changed. "We want to make it deep in the playoffs this year and win the games we have to win, but also snag some of those "iffy" games on our schedule." Said Coach Ali. Last year, the Screaming Eagles lost in the first round to Damascus, but because of how tight the 2A West division was, their seeding in the playoffs was determined by a coin flip, a rare but fair way established in the MPSSAA State By-Laws.
Coach Ali lost starting Point Guard Jessica Jones to graduation but is looking to Rising Seniors Jasia Oliver and Hannah Himes to carry the team. "Both Jasia and Hannah are third year players on Varsity and I am looking for both of them to be the leaders of this team and lean on them when it is crunch time." Jasia has been the leading scorer the past two seasons and is on pace to hit 1,000 careers points at Seneca Valley, usually a hard feat