By Paul Wahl
Wallowa County Chieftain
This will be a rebuilding year for the Wallowa High School Cougar Girls Basketball team with five freshmen, two sophomores, three juniors and one lone senior on the court.
Coach Annette Moeller said that’s a bit younger than usual, but the team has height going for it this year.
Two players –– sophomore Jamie Johnston and junior Riley Ferré –– top out at 5-9.
“We’re excited to have some true forwards this year to give us that advantage on rebounding,” said Moeller, who is in her sixth year coaching the team.
The team fielded two seniors last year.
Moeller said it can be an advantage to have younger players because they’re not afraid to take shots.
“We’ve struggled with confidence when it comes to shooting,” said Moeller, who is a sixth-grade instructor at Wallowa Elementary School. “Younger players aren’t afraid to step up.”
Moeller also expects her squad to have speed on the court and points to the team’s history of being hard-workers as harbingers for success.
“I’ve coached some of these girls in JV, and they have a lot of heart,” Moeller added.
Rounding out the roster this year are senior Josie Scott, juniors Grace Pendarvis and Rylee Goller, sophomore Ashley Young and freshmen Ella Moeller, Bailey Hafer, Shanna Rae Tillery, Samantha Wightman and Austin Post.
Moeller is assisted this year by Bill Williams.
Wallowa opens its season Wednesday night against Enterprise.
“It’s always a good rivalry,” Moeller said.