The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team will be replacing some key pieces from last year’s regional semifinal run in forward Cassie Kingma and Katelyn Wright.
The Warriors went 13-10 overall and 5-5 in the Lakes Eight Conference last season, winning a district championship in the process.
Now, WMC will have to rely on some of its returning contributors to carry the load in 2017-18.
Senior forward Aubrey Goorman will be the headliner for the Warriors this season. As a junior, Goorman averaged 18.5 points and nine rebounds per game on her way to earning All-State honors from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, as well as Honorable Mention All-State honors from the Associated Press.
The current Trinity Christian College commit was also named to the Lakes Eight All-Conference team.
Joining her will be junior forward Anna Sytsema, who averaged seven points and five rebounds per game last season.
“Aubrey and Anna were playing unstoppable at the end of the season last year,” said head coach Jeremy Goorman. “That tandem helped us go on a postseason run and beat Kent City in the district finals.
“Aubrey showed what she was made of when she broke her nose in the first half of the regional game, but still returned in the second half. We are looking for her to lead the team as a go-to scorer. Our post players are the foundation of the team, but don’t look past our guards. Maddie Heiss, Jenna Houskamp, and Addison Liggett can fill it up from the outside. Meghan Heiss has the ability to get the ball to the basket, as well.”
Junior Emma Davis, sophomore Allysa Eekhoff and junior Anneka Eedinburg will also be key contributors in the Warriors’ rotation this season.
“We are excited about the season, and we believe we have a chance to contend for the conference title,” said Jeremy Goorman. “It is a wide-open race between Muskegon Heights, Ludington, Manistee and us.”
Courtesy photo/Jason Goorman: The 2017-18 Western Michigan Christian girls varsity basketball team. Front row (left to right): Addison Liggett, Anika Eenigenburg, Jenna Houskamp, Emma Davis and Meghan Heiss. Back row (left to right): team manager Peyton Duer, Maddison Heiss, Aubrey Goorman, Anna Sytsema and Alyssa Eekhoff.