(WEEKI WACHEE)- This time last year was a historic first for Weeki Wachee’s girls basketball team.
Mike Munro’s group clinched the school’s first ever postseason berth and entered uncharted territory by becoming the first Hornets’ team to reach the Class 6A playoffs. In the process, Weeki Wachee also picked up the program’s first playoff win in a 65-50 victory over Holiday Anclote.
Now heading into this season’s postseason, the Hornets are a year older and more experienced, as Monro’s squad is no longer the newbies to the big dance. Weeki Wachee (25-2) now has the proverbial ‘X’ on its back this time around and the Hornets will start off the playoffs on Thursday night (Feb. 15) against a tough Hudson Fivay club, led by star point India Lewis.
“Well, Fivay has a superstar and her name is India (Lewis) and she’s averaging 22 (points) a game,” Monro said. “She’s kind of like Zahria (Jenkins) from Crystal River. She’s gonna be the No. 1 problem for us. (Fivay) got some size as well. That’s a big reason why they’re 23-3. We are gonna approach them like we did Crystal River.”
One issue heading into the big dance for Weeki Wachee has been the flu bug going around the school, as Monro notes that several kids haven’t been able to practice throughout the week. Players like Seytia Hill and Brook McMurray have both been sick or injured, and that could spell problems for Hornets if the role players do not step up in this week’s regional quarterfinal.
“On our side, we’ve had kids with the flu, so we need to get healthy before we face Fivay on Thursday,” Monro said. “We play man to man defense and we will decide later on who will matchup with (India Lewis). You always have to have good help defense against her. (Fivay) obviously has good depth and that’s another reason why they’re 23-3. It depends on how the girls take on playing and not feeling well. I think Seytia (Hill) could go out there and score 18 and throw up after the game. She’s a competitor. It would be nice to have everyone at 100 percent. It would be nice to have Brook (McMurray).”
Fivay is coming off it’s first loss in its last 22 contests, as the Falcons were riding a 21-game win streak before having it snapped in the 40-33 loss in the Class 6A, District 8 championship game against New Port Richey River Ridge. The Falcons will look to immediately bounce back against the Hornets, but Weeki Wachee is taking aim at winning back-to-back year’s in the regional quarterfinal round.
“We match up with their players and when they try to matchup against us, who will you matchup with?,” Monro added. “The old cliche is take one game at a time. We will go out there and we want to win the game. We go out there each time trying to win the game. These guys like to compete and want to win.”
“We were in it last year so they’ve been there already. I don’t think we’ve thought about it too much. When two good teams play, one is going to lose and one is going to win.”
Next Week: Results of Thursday’s Class 6A Regional Quarterfinal