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Morgantown ladies poised to defend state title regardless of turnover

MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown ladies basketball staff enters the 2023-23 season because the defending state champions in Class AAAA. Regardless of dropping a senior class of six gamers who helped lead the Mohigans to 2 straight state ultimate appearances, head coach Doug Goodwin returns two all-state alternatives from final yr and has additionally added some key items that may make MHS one of many groups to beat.

MHS went 21-5 on its technique to the Class AAAA state championship in Goodwin’s first yr as head coach and however he stated the strategy to the opening of the yr doesn’t really feel that completely different.

“I wouldn’t say there was that a lot distinction between beginning this yr and final,” he stated. “I positively really feel a bit extra settled. Our offseason work has allow us to hit the bottom working. The approval of 32 flex days helped tremendously. This yr’s staff started working collectively over the three week interval and have been a pleasure to teach already.”

Two returning all-state alternatives return for MHS in second-team guard Sofia Wassick and first-team ahead Lily Jordan will prepared the ground for Goodwin and his membership on their technique to Charleston and again into the state championship sport.

“Final season was an amazing accomplishment. To ship these six seniors out as State Champions, what a terrific achievement on their half,” Goodwin stated. “That being stated, the 4 seniors on this yr’s staff have the identical targets in thoughts.”

Jordan averaged 14.3 factors and grabbed 6.6 rebounds per contest on her technique to the first-team spot final season it received’t be surprising to see her bump these numbers up barely after a powerful junior marketing campaign.

She can be aided within the rebounding division and guarding within the put up by returning junior Sadaya Jones, who spent her freshman yr at Morgantown earlier than transferring to Fairmont Senior for her sophomore season. Jones returns to open arms at MHS and is bound to present a much-needed enhance for the defending state champions beneath on each ends of the ground, whereas additionally having the ability to stretch the ground on the perimeter.

“Sadaya’s transition again to this staff has been seamless. She is such a staff participant and onerous employee. It’s nice to have her again,” Goodwin stated. “Now we have some new faces to the panorama and this can actually assist fill the void left by final yr’s group.”

Additionally becoming a member of the Mohigans this yr can be Kayli Kellogg, daughter or first-year WVU ladies’s basketball head coach Mark Kellogg.

Morgantown will start its 2023-24 marketing campaign on Nov. thirtieth at dwelling in opposition to Bridgeport. An early season take a look at awaits MHS within the first of two MoHawk matchups as a visit to Baker’s Ridge to go to College Excessive comes within the second sport on December sixth.

MHS will host Wheeling Park on December nineteenth after which go to the Patriots a month in a while January twenty third in rematches of final season’s state championship, received by MHS.

“Now we have completed our greatest to make the schedule as aggressive as attainable. We attempt to schedule as many state match groups that we are able to,” Goodwin stated. “This isn’t solely in WV, however PA, and Kentucky as nicely. Virtually 1 / 4 of our schedule is both a state champ, state runner up, or have gone deep of their match.

“Clearly we wish to get again to the state match and have one other alternative at a state title. For now although, we have to keep humble, work onerous and keep productive all through the season. Our principal focus is to be higher every day.”