She shoots and she scores! Riley Cissell and Kimberly Johnson, seventh- grade players on the West Jessamine Middle School girls basketball team, have developed a love for the game.
The girls have been playing basketball together since third-grade and love being around the people that support them and care for them. They tried out for the basketball team because they love basketball and love the people they do the team with and it is a great way to stay active and have fun.
The team, with a 5-2 record, have to deal with changes brought on by COVID-19. They are not allowed to have as many fans as they typically would have and they can’t have all the girls on their team that they want.
The players agree that Lincoln County has been their toughest opponent this year.
“They challenged us the most and they had very great players” Johnson said. “We needed to be more aggressive.”
While Cissell has improved in her shooting and her form, Johnson has improved in her attitude and her positivity this season. There coach has helped them through everything even if it’s not school related.
Both girls have advice for those looking to get involved in basketball.
“Practice! Don’t expect to be good overnight, and work hard if someone tells you that you aren’t good enough then encourage yourself to do better and work harder,” Cissell said.
Johnson has some advice of her own.
“Always try your best and never give up.”
Cissell said that if she was giving advice to a person wanting to play basketball she would say, “PRACTICE! Don’t expect to be good overnight, and work hard if someone tells you that you aren’t good enough then encourage yourself to do better and work harder.” Johnson said that if she was giving advice she would say, “ to always try your best and never give up!”
Cissell and Johnson are amazing basketball players and love their team, and their coaches. Cissel and Johnson say, “That the hardest team to play was Licoln they challenged them the most and they had very great players. Their team needed to be more aggressive.” Cissell and Johnson hope to make the team next year and continue to play basketball for many years to come.