ShareThis Page

Jeannette girls under new leadership

| Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 3:36 p.m.
PHOTOS: john howard | The JEannette Spirit
Mya Williams passes the ball during a Lady Jays practice.
Kay Kay Crosby shoots for two points while first-year head coach Adam Knaresborough watches.
Jada Morgan lines up a shot.

Roster turnover occurs every year for nearly every high school basketball program, but this year's replacement of departing players for Jeannette girls basketball will be particularly challenging.

Jeannette graduated its all-time leading scorer in Ciara Gregory, who has taken her talents to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Replacing her 30-plus points per game will be a challenge for a young Jeannette team now guided by first-year head coach Adam Knaresborough.

Knaresborough replaces Luann Mills, who takes over at Latrobe after three years in Jeannette. Knaresborough comes to Jeannette, where he is also a high school social studies teacher and assistant principal, from Mountain View High School in Stafford County, Va., where he spent five years as an assistant for their boys basketball program.

Knaresborough is optimistic about what he has seen so far and knows this year's Lady Jayhawks will have to play differently than the Ciara Gregory teams.

“It will be more of a team effort this year,” said Knaresborough. “Jeannette girls basketball has always been tough, and that is our motto for this year, play tough.”

Jeannette will rely on senior Monique Redman to build on her 13.9 points per game last season to assume the role as the team's leading scorer. Junior Monica Carl will be looked to for secondary scoring as will a host of other Lady Jayhawks.

Despite a young roster, leadership has not been an issue for Jeannette in the first full week of practice.

“Our senior twins, Briana and Brittany Crawford, have been among our best in practice,” said Knaresborough. “They have shown great senior leadership and have been great role models for the younger players.”

He may be new to the scene in Jeannette, but Knaresborough knows exactly which games on the schedule to circle, and who will provide the stiffest competition for Jeannette in WPIAL Section 3-AA.

“I love the rivalry with Greensburg Central Catholic,” said Knaresborough. “They are always talented and have great teams.”

Knaresborough has set a reasonable goal for his team — make the playoffs — but knows his seniors want a section title.

For a group stepping out of the enormous shadow cast by its greatest individual player, such an achievement would make for quite a story indeed.

Dave Moio is a freelance writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.