high on hardwoods
Varsity, JV teams
for the first time
School English teacher and girls’ basketball coach Ryan Waterfield
thought she was going to be teaching on a Fulbright Exchange program in
the Czech Republic this school year.
exchange partner backed out at the last second for family reasons. So
Waterfield is still in Sun Valley, teaching and coaching—and she’s
very excited to be coaching this year’s Cutthroat girls’ basketball
for the first time in school history the Cutthroats will be able to
field varsity and junior varsity teams. "It is very important for
the future of the program to develop a junior varsity team,"
Cutthroat coach Waterfield (43-50) has welcomed back eight members from
last year’s 12-player team that went 5-10 overall (2-10 league) in the
tough Northside Conference. The season included a 33-29 home win over
Carey—the first Cutthroat victory over Carey since 1989.
scorer Jamie Terry (8.2 ppg) graduated. So did four-year player Katie
three seniors and promising underclassmen put a smile on Waterfield’s
face. The coach said, "The seniors are all setting an intense and
dedicated tone at all practices."
are Erika Connelly, Kristin Hickey and Pauli Ochi.
athletically and very competitive, Connelly (4.6 ppg) has been a
said, "Erika’s basketball game has come a long way. Her
confidence in her shot is increasing and her defense is a real strong
point. She has stepped up to the role of being a senior. She is a
positive leader. She sets an excellent work habit example."
with a positive attitude, Hickey (7.2 ppg) was the leading Cutthroat
rebounder last season. She is a very good defender, the coach added.
said, "Kristin is an important part of our team. She needs to work
on strong moves to the basket because she plays the 4/5 position and isn’t
guard is Ochi (7.4 ppg), another four-year starter.
Erika, Pauli is an excellent and devoted athlete. She’s a gym rat and
works hard to better her skills," the coach said. "Her shot is
coming along and she plays great defense. Pauli can read the floor well
and has a great understanding of the game."
Rutherford, a junior, is often overlooked but never under-appreciated by
coach Waterfield. "Jenny is a good defensive player and is a very
important player on this team," said Waterfield.
contributors will be Gussi Ochi, 5-11 Jackie Godard, Caitlin Cairncross
and Blake Ellis.
said, "Gussi is dedicated. She reads the court well, makes good
passes, cuts backdoor and takes smart shots. Jackie is our
"big" girl. Caitlin will be back-up point guard. She has a
good outside shot and she’s a smart player."
freshman girls are Caitlin Enright, Lily Mott, Corinna Pidgeon, Britt
Williams and Jordan White.
have a junior varsity team made up of freshman and sophomore
players," said Waterfield.
Cutthroats open their 15-game season Saturday, Nov. 23 at Oakley. First
home varsity game is Dec. 3, a league challenge with Carey.