Bassett girls basketball

Last season: 4-17

Roster breakdown:

Seniors: Lacey Flanagan, Ja’Naya Ross

Sophomores: Sydney Witcher, Kymia Pitzer, Jessica Milby

Freshmen: Madison Ross, Gracie Ratcliff

Players to watch:

Lacey Flanagan: “Lacey will be the primary ball handler,” Bassett coach Binky Walmsley said. “She’ll run the offense. She’s a really smart girl.”

Ja’Naya Ross: “We’ll have to count on her for scoring,” Walmsley said. “She’s our best shooter from the perimeter.”

What to know:

The Bassett girls basketball team will have a large void to fill in the 2019-20 season following the graduation of Cara Halbert, a first team all-district and all-region selection a year ago.

In her place, Bengals fifth-year head coach Binky Walmsley hopes that a new scoring threat emerges from the team’s seven varsity players.

“We’re small, and we’ll have to rely on defense,” Walmsley said, “because I think our offense is going to take a while to jell because we just don’t have any proven scorers coming back.”

At the top of the list of possibilities, though, are seniors Lacey Flanagan and Ja’Naya Ross, who both have experience from starting last season.

“They have some experience, which is good for us. Lacey’s been our point guard, and Ja’Naya’s going to be two-guard,” Walmsley said. “Ja’Naya can shoot the ball well, and Lacey shoots it fairly well.”

Once the offense comes together more, Walmsley said he’d like his team to play with a quick pace and run the open floor.

“We’re going to try to do that so teams don’t have a chance to set up against us because I don’t like getting in a half-court offense,” he said.

Beyond the two seniors, Bassett’s roster is rounded out by sophomores Sydney Witcher, Jessica Milby and Kymia Pitzer, along with freshmen Madison Ross and Gracie Ratcliff.

Walmsley said Witcher gained valuable experience starting last season as a freshman.

“Sydney does a lot of little things,” he said. “She’s a good rebounder and good on defense. I’m hoping her scoring will pick up this year.”

After going 4-17 last season, the Bengals may have some more growing pains in store as they bring along a pair of freshmen in contributing roles.

“When you’re dealing with freshmen, you have an unproven product and you’re just trying to improve every day,” Walmsley said. “It’s a big jump for them, and it’s going to be a work in progress.”

Bassett Girls Basketball 2019-20 Schedule

All games at 7 p.m.

Dec. 2: Chatham at Bassett

Dec. 4: Bassett at Salem

Dec. 6: Bassett at Blacksburg

Dec. 9: Bassett at Chatham

Dec. 11: Franklin County at Bassett

Dec. 13: Blacksburg at Bassett

Dec. 17: Tunstall at Bassett

Dec. 19: Bassett at Magna Vista

Dec. 20: Bassett at William Byrd

Jan. 3: George Washington at Bassett

Jan. 7: Patrick County at Bassett

Jan. 8: McMichael at Bassett

Jan. 10: Bassett at Halifax County

Jan. 17: Martinsville at Bassett

Jan. 21: Bassett at Tunstall

Jan. 22: William Byrd at Bassett

Jan. 24: Magna Vista at Bassett

Jan. 28: Bassett at George Washington

Jan. 29: Bassett at Franklin County

Jan. 31: Bassett at Patrick County

Feb. 4: Halifax County at Bassett

Feb. 11: Bassett at Martinsville

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