by Danenicole Williams
When McClymonds Lady Warriors (8-7) edged American Canyon 53-50 in the Winter Wolf Classic tournament, the team got some attention. But it led to a streak of losses as well as some wins. Although its young team — with five freshmen — beat Fremont 52-23 in its first OAL season game Wednesday, it faces stiff competition.
“It’s a different team because we’re stronger in a couple of places… but we have five ninth graders,” says coach Dennis Flannery.
Its main rivals in the OAL are Oakland High and Skyline.
Returning player Daisy Powell, a 6’3″ junior ranked #2 in leaders in the OAL, says she enjoys “the hype” and the tight-knit camaraderie between freshmen and returning players. “We may be weaker because we lost a lot of good players,” she said. “We’re developing as a team.”
For many of the freshmen, losing is a new experience.”It’s more intense for us than it’s ever been.” The other frustration is not getting much playing time,” said J’Mya Gray-Martinez, freshman, “It’s an adjustment and we know we have to work even harder to get where we want to be. “