Sunday 28 November 2021 | 3:49 p.m.
When Bill Flow was hired as Jeannette’s girls basketball coach in June, he inherited a team that hasn’t had much success over the past three seasons.
The Jayhawks were 0-19 in 2020-21 and 8-54 over the past three seasons.
But Flow, 39, returns to Westmoreland County after spending the past 10 years in North Carolina, where he was a teacher and coach. He coached at Southern Alamance High School, three years as a boys ‘coach and one year as a girls’ coach.
The Norwin 2000 graduate is excited about the team’s progress since he started. He replaced Jonathan Bass, who coached Jeannette for the past three seasons.
“When I interviewed for the job, I watched a movie of their games. Said Flow. “Depth was a problem, and not having a good bench hurt them.
“We focus on doing easy layups and shots. We want them to learn how to play strong defense and attack the hoop on offense. They seemed lost in defense and we are working on communication.
Flow was happy with the way the girls want to work. The players lifted twice a week and worked on their skills for another two days.
“Covid has hurt a lot of programs,” Flow said. “The kids missed training for a season. We had a great crowd.
Flow works with 11 players. He said everyone will contribute.
Many have started or have seen a lot of playing time over the past two seasons. This group includes juniors Jordan Bass, Zoey Vincent, Franke Crosby, Oceana Sirnic and Kira Wright, senior Mackenzie Rigney and sophomore Talyah Dunmire.
Flow said he expects freshmen – Mary Jones, Charlotte Uncapher and Selena Ramsey – all to contribute. Jones is a 6-foot-2 forward.
“We’ve seen a lot of progress since we started,” Flow said. “We played in the fall and I can’t wait to see our first scrum against Steel Valley and our game against Derry (December 10th).
“A lot of work remains to be done before opening the season. But the girls are ready to learn. They want to get better.
Jeannette plays in a tough section with people like Greensburg Central Catholic, Apollo-Ridge and Winchester Thurston. Flow’s goal is to be competitive in every game.
“We want to step up the defense and limit our turnovers,” Flow said. “We want to be in the game before the fourth quarter and then hopefully we can train them to a win.
“It’s a happy group. They don’t look like a team that has struggled in the past. They are excited and ready to go.
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