The Lady Patriots who are led by third year head Coach Lauren Galvani recorded a 8-18 record overall, and were 4-8 in the SW4A Conference last season will only have one returning starter from last years team guard Sharonda Smith. The previous years team recorded more victories than any other Patriots team since 2012. Therefore, Coach Galvani has this program going in the right direction. Meanwhile, other returning players with varsity experience are Senior Brianna McManus and Sophomore Ayanna Anderson.
Returning Starter: Junior, Sharonda Smith, 5’6″ G.
Returning Players: Senior Brianna McManus, 5’4″ G., Sophomore Ayanna Anderson, 5’11” Forward.
Newcomers to Watch: Freshman, Braylyn Milton, 5’8″ PG., Sophomore Aaliyah Lowery 5’5″ G., Sophomore Alexandria Barrino, 6′ 1″ F.
Outlook for Upcoming Season: Independence girls basketball is looking to improve their record from last year and compete in a strong Southwestern 4A conference. They will be improved in the back court and are expected to rebound. They are a quick and athletic team who should have the ability to be competitive throughout the entire season.
Key newcomer Braylyn Milton must be a talented player. As a freshman she is getting some attention from Division I schools who have shown interest, the programs include UNCC, Davidson, Elon, Appalachian State and other college programs. She has been playing with one of the best AAU teams in the area Team United and has attracted attention of college coaches at an early age.
This years campaign and the Lady Patriots future is looking brighter. They could be taking a huge step forward in rebuilding their program and the development of key young players who just could be difference makers.