Bartlett Yancey girls basketball absorbed two more losses last week, falling 62-37 to NC School of Science and Math and 55-52 at Reidsville.
They stand at 3-13 in this rebuilding season. Their only win in the Mid State 2A Conference has been against Cummings, a team with problems even deeper than the Bucs’. The short handed Cavaliers decided to withdraw from competition for the rest of the season and forfeit their remaining games, Bucs first year Coach Marvin Wimbush said.
Perhaps Bartlett Yancey’s down year should come as no surprise. Wimbush was hired Nov. 5 and had all of two weeks to assemble a team, get players in condition and prep them for action.
“We only had 11 girls try out for the team. I took them all,” Wimbush said. “Four had never played before.“
He continued, “I’m not making excuses. It was the hand I was dealt.
“We didn’t play bad tonight for what we had,” Wimbush said following the loss to NCSSA (15-5, 7-0). Alicia Farrish, a freshman, led the team with 14 points including three three-pointers. Aliyah Ferrell, a senior, added 11 points.
Wimbush wants to think his girls will deliver some surprises over the remaining four games, wrapping up at home Feb. 13 against Reidsville (12-3, 3-2). The Bucs is assured one win. Cummings is expected to forfeit the game scheduled for Friday, Wimbush said.
But he’s pretty sure next year will be better. He’s looking for five new players from Dillard Middle School’s team, at least three of whom could contribute right away, he said. And he expects to begin conditioning and training for next season in April.
“We have a lot of eighth graders with some talent,” said Ferrell, the senior. The team is already working with those eighth graders to develop “some chemistry that’ll translate onto the court,” she said.
In a text message, Wimbush said he’s looking to the future. He talked of a basketball camp this summer, working on the “culture of basketball” locally and improving the fundamentals of the game.
“My goal is to build a program,” he wrote.