By Norristown Athletics
Last season was a learning experience for the Norristown Area High School girls basketball team. It was a young squad, with no seniors, and was led by a new head coach in Rich Fisher.
“We were all kind of getting our feet wet,” Fisher said, recalling a season that ended with a record of 2 wins and 19 losses. “We were young. I was in my first year as head coach. We were in a new league. We knew we had challenges ahead of us.”
Things have changed heading into this season. And in a big way. That’s what has Fisher and his players feeling good heading into Friday night’s season opener at home against Penn Wood.
“The girls have worked hard in the off-season,” Fisher said. “I expect great things this year. They got last year under their belt, and put in lots of effort since then. They want to have a successful season.”
This edition of the Norristown girls basketball team features six seniors.
“We don’t have a whole lot of height,” Fisher said. “We are going to depend on our speed and quickness. For us to win, we have to play great defense, rebound and not turn the ball over.”
Fisher, 62 and a 1974 Norristown High graduate, plans on starting four seniors and a junior.
The junior is 5-foot-8 center Brooke Heim, who saw significant action as a sophomore. Other key cogs include Tova Wright, Morgan Culbreth, Kayla Mastrocola, Anyea Thompson, Georgia Werkiser and Beyonce Collins.
“Last year was a little rough for us,” Mastrocola said. “We had no seniors. But we are closer as a team now. I’ve seen progress from last year to this year.”
Thompson has noticed a change as well. Both in intensity and attitude.
“We take it more seriously,” Thompson said. “We want to play hard and compete. We’re connecting on the court, but also outside of basketball. We are all on the same page.”
Werkiser, who admits she loves shooting the three-pointer, has high expectations for this team as well.
“I’ve seen us grow,” she said. “We were young last year, but took the off-season seriously. We’ve come a long way. We have high hopes for this season.”
NORRISTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL
GIRLS BASKETBALL ROSTER
Tovy Wright, 5’5, Sr., #25
Beyonce Collins, 5’6, Sr., #3
Ashley Schools, 5’5, Jr., #4
Emily Schools, 5’1, Jr., #10
Kayla Mastrocola, 5’6, Sr., #14
Anhyae Thompson, 5’6, Sr., #24
Brooke Heim, 5’8, Jr., #40
Morgan Culbreth, 5’5, Sr., #32
Georgia Werkiser, 5’5, Sr., #13
Tamara Wright, 5’2, Jr., #5
Dominnica Mansfield, 5’7, Jr. #34
Destiny Steele, 5’7, Jr., #1
Head coach: Rich Fisher