Girls’ basketball fans at Colonial Beach have quite enough to be excited about this season and the future ahead. With success in previous regular and post seasons, the team is continuing to inherit some talented players and they are familiar with winning games.
The veterans on the Colonial Beach Girls Basketball Team including all-district team member Karley Inscoe will have a young group of Drifters to lead this season.
“I’m hoping we’ll start reaping some rewards for us, but we’re going to be young and going to go through those inexperience mistakes,” said head coach Keith Dickerson. “Hopefully in the next couple of years it should show some dividends.”
In the meantime, the girls led by all-district members and seniors Caneisha Fulcher and Karley will have the challenge of leading a large number of young basketball players this season.
“My two seniors…they are accustomed to winning and doing things that they are not going to be able to do this year,” Dickerson said. “Those two are going to have to play out of their heads.”
Although most of the young players are used to winning games, their coaching staff and returners still have to help them adjust to the learning curve of varsity play.
Freshmen Megan Seaman and Deniya Newman, are among the top newcomers joining the team this season. They will join the following to round out the roster this season: McKenzie Conway, Emily Parks, Billie Gould, Chandale Dillon, Kora Herrod, Tniyzsa Taylor and Kaitlyn Proffitt.
In the past two seasons, the Drifters have always been a win away from qualifying for the Group A Division 1 Basketball Tournament. Last season, they had an opportunity to meet district rival Rappahannock in the Region A Division 1 Championship. Rappahannock went on to the win the region championship for the first time in school history after finishing fourth in the district.
“To get to the state tournament a lot of things have to line up,” Dickerson said. “But with this group, I have high expectations that they will get better. It’s more of a reloading phase.”
The Drifters finished second in the district with an overall record of 15-9, 6-4 in the district and fell in the Region Division 1 Semifinals.
The ladies will travel for second regular season game to King & Queen on Nov. 28 before hosting their second home game of the season to King George on Dec. 11. Both games begin at 6 p.m. with the JV followed by the varsity. The Drifters will be on the road for their district opener at Rappahannock on Jan. 3.