After four consecutive league losing seasons (including one winless season), the Fleetwood High School girls’ basketball team broke through last year with a 7-3 Berks League season, tying for second place with Conrad Weiser in Division 2.
In fact, the Lady Tigers went on to defeat Oley Valley in the quarterfinal round of the Berks League playoffs, only falling to Berks Catholic in the semifinals.
The good news is that the Lady Tigers will return a good bit of varsity experience this season, including having four of their top five scorers back this season. But they will also see freshmen get some significant playing time, which means they will be a relatively young and unpredictable group.
“After last season, I think our group is excited for things to begin,” said Fleetwood head coach Matt Kellett. “We have been working and preparing since our last game last season for this year’s journey and I’m expecting nothing less than quality teammates providing maximum focus and maximum effort each time we take the floor. Time will tell just how long our girls can make this season last.”
Junior Cyre Virgo will be back this season at forward, after last year’s season in which she was second on the team in scoring with 243 points (10.1 points per game).
Senior Kendra Bamberger will also be back at forward. She was third on the team in scoring last year with 211 points (8.8 points per game).
Xiomara Toledo, a junior guard, was fourth on the team last year in scopring with 204 points (8.5 points a game).
Also back will be senior Madison Bossler, a guard.
“We have a solid core of returning starters, who when joined by our incoming class, will hopefully be making things very difficult for our opponents,” said Kellett.
“On game nights, if we are able to play hard, smart and together, I anticipate our girls being up for any challenge our schedule brings.”
The first challenge will be on Dec. 10 when the Lady Tigers host Oley Valley. They will then travel to Muhlenberg on Dec. 13.