L.C. Bird Girls
L.C. Bird finished last season 17-10, making the 5A state tournament with one of the youngest rosters in the state of Virginia. They fell to Edison 61-51 in the first round, but they have much to build upon, and have much excitement surrounding the program. Coach Chevette Waller returns to captain the ship yet again.
Players departed: L.C. Bird lost two players to the college ranks, forward Brina Bentley (Pfeiffer) and point guard Madison Baum (Bridgewater). Baum missed her senior season with an ACL injury for the Skyhawks.
Personnel: L.C. Bird played with a small roster last year, and this will be the case in 2017-2018 as well. It didn’t cause them to skip a beat, and that’s expected again. Junior Mya Coleman is a budding star with has Division I potential. She will look to develop into a leader. A dangerous player in transition and off the dribble, she’ll be flanked by two sharpshooters in sophomore Kameron Brown and junior, Jaden Watkins. Both Brown and Watkins have college potential as well – student-athletes ascending to the college ranks is something to what Skyhawk fans have grown accustomed .
Junior Jayla Henderson (5-7) is an efficient scorer and one of the tallest girls on the roster. She’ll be counted on to get rebounds and fill up the bucket. Sisters Kiyah and Kielle Shaw (5-0 and 5-4) will provide strong defensive play, and they will be big parts of L.C. Bird’s rotation. Taliya Black (5-9, freshman) and Jasmine James (5-8, sophomore) are bigger bodies who will see time, and they could develop into important players for L.C. Bird.
The future is bright for a proud program with sustained success and one major goal left – to join the boys program as state champions. In the second year of this four-year window, things are looking up.