Coming off a historic season breaking the Northview all time single season win total, the Lady Titans Basketball team is looking to repeat last year’s stellar performance. Their season came to an end last year with a loss to Harrison at Fort Valley State University in the 6A Final Four. They have a huge challenge ahead, especially dealing with the loss of Northview’s second all-time points scorer, Shannon Titus.
“It wasn’t just offense,” Head Coach Chris Yarbrough said, “[Titus] helped us everywhere, especially defensively, being the school’s all-time leader in shots blocked. We preach to the team that not one individual can win us games. It has to be a team effort, and we are hoping that being the collective group will help us as a whole.”
After graduating two seniors in the offseason, the Lady Titans now have three seniors in the 2018 class including team captain Megan Cistulli. Being the most experienced player on the team, her role will increase exponentially.
“[Being the team leader] is definitely going to be a challenge,” Cistulli said, “considering we have a lot of young starters that either haven’t played before or have only a little experience. It will be tough to beat our stats from last year because our coach has put us against harder competition which is good because we need it.”
Northview will welcome four brand new players to their program. Three freshmen and Sophomore transfer Jade Buchanan. Coach Yarbrough will have a tough task to weave the new players into their system.
“We might have some trouble at the beginning of the season,” Cistulli said, ”but we all have high basketball IQ’s so we should be able to get back to where we were last year or even better.”
Fortunately, Northview was able to keep together their highly sought-after front court featuring junior power forwards Ashlee Austin and Maya Richards. They are also bringing in talented freshman guard Eden Sample who will have a big role this upcoming season.
“Now that I’m a junior more people on the team look up to me,” junior Ashlee Austin said, “and anything i do can influence them. I like to be the one communicating and trying my best to make everybody more successful.”
The Lady Titans open up their season in a road game against Woodstock, and then they travel to Johns Creek for the high school showcase before their home opener on December 1 against Centennial.