High Expectations for Girls Varsity Basketball Team


Wiregrass Ranch’s varsity girls basketball team is currently 6-4 on the season, with their most recent game against Sickles High School resulting in a 67-35 win.

The team averages an impressive 53.7 points per game, which is higher than the national average. However, they also average 8.4 rebounds per game, which is lower than the national average. In addition, they average 4.1 assists, 3.5 steals, and 2.1 blocks.

It’s clear that Wiregrass has some star players on their girls’ varsity basketball team, as 4 players each individually average at least 7 points a game. Head Coach John Gant agrees with this sentiment.

“[Stephanie] Brower, [Melissa] Gordon, [Alexis] Boldon, and [Nicole] Carey” Gant replies when asked for players to watch out for this season.

Senior Forward Stephanie Brower has really shined early this year, leading the team in points per game (13.5),  blocks per game (0.8), and rebounds per game (2.2) tied with senior Forward Nicole Carey.

Wiregrass’ first two games against East Bay and Berkley Prep were back-to-back wins. The latter game being absolute embarrassment as Wiregrass demolished Berkley Prep 47-11, Brower scoring 14 points in the first game and 8 in the second.

When asked what this team’s biggest strength is, Gant replies “I’d say our defensive ability.”

This is evident in their game against Leto High School, as they redeemed themselves after back-to-back losses with a convincing 72-6 win. Senior Forward Nicole Carey exploded for 19 points, while two other players scored in double digits.

The team lost a competitive road game to Freedom, 46-36. No player scored over double digits; Melissa Gordon led the team with 8 points.

Their next game against Steinbrenner would result in a 70-33 blowout victory. Brower scored 20 points, and Boldon got to the free throw line 10 times, making 7 of them.

They would go on to win another home game against Wharton before losing their next game against Plant, 57-35. The Bulls’ offense was not in sync, as the Plant defense got 12 steals and no player scored over 10 points in the loss. Scoring has been a problem for the team, according to their coach.

“Offensive execution, I’d say right now, our offensive execution is our biggest weakness.” Says Gant. “I believe we have the ability to win most of our games and we’re definitely shooting to win the district championship”

Wiregrass has a chance to bounce back with their win against Sickles on Friday. The key to winning is “playing well, playing good defense and executing on offense” says Gant.