Lady Gens gearing up for 2017 WECSSAA girls basketball season

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens will try and work their way back to the top of the local high school basketball mountain, but it is still to early to forecast this year’s team.

Players are back in the gym practicing but head coach Dom Silvaggio said it is hard to judge at this point how the senior team will stack up.

Players in the senior and junior age groups have been practicing thus far with more invited to join once the school year begins Sept. 5.

Senior and junior basketball players practice last Thursday morning in preparation for General Amherst’s upcoming WECSSAA season.

Senior and junior basketball players practice last Thursday morning in preparation for General Amherst’s upcoming WECSSAA season.

Roughly four seniors graduated from last year’s team and Silvaggio said one of the players eligible to return will not be.

Silvaggio said returning players Ramie Tytgat and Brooklyn Prescott consistently took advantage of gym time made available earlier in the year as did a few others.

“They’ve definitely improved a lot,” Silvaggio stated.

Consistent practice pays dividends, he believes.

“You have to have the passion and want to play,” he said.

That said, he still is hopeful of a good season and is working with the players at the latest round of practices.

Whether the senior team plays in Tier 1 depends on the amount of players that end up playing at that level with that number yet to be determined.

General Amherst head coach Dom Silvaggio conducts a shooting drill during a practice last Thursday.

General Amherst head coach Dom Silvaggio conducts a shooting drill during a practice last Thursday.

The junior team is also expecting a good number of new players coming up from elementary school, he added.

General Amherst’s 13-year WECSSAA winning streak ended last year and their streak of ten straight OFSAA appearances ended the year before.

“We’d like to see (the basketball program) back to where it was but it starts with the kids,” he said. “They have to want to put the time in to improve.”

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