Women’s basketball looks to work hard in off-season

By Meg Weathersby | gargoyle@flagler.edu
Photos by Johanna Falzone
PHOTO CAPTION: Saints forward Chanti Beckett looks for a play while getting defended by Francis Marion guard Shannon Singleton-Bates.

The Flagler basketball season comes to an end. With the experience of one year in a conference under its belt, the women’s basketball team are ready to prepare for next year.

The women’s team ended their season with a 8-19 record.

“We had a disappointing finish,” said women’s head coach Erika Lang-Montgomery. “When it became apparent we would not make the conference tourney, we still wanted to finish strong.”

Two specific players have stood out this season.

“Jalisa Foster was our most consistent player all season,” Lang-Montgomery said. “I thought she provided great leadership for us this year. Charlsea Owen really shot the ball well for us down the stretch.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Saints forward Jen Knurek makes
a foul shot against Francis Marion.

Finishing with 8-19 record isn’t what they had hoped, but for a first team entering a new conference with a new coach, the team fought until the end.

“I think we showed the teams in the league that we are competitive,” Lang-Montgomery said.

The Saints now know what to work on in the off-season.

“It is important that we improve our overall conditioning,” Lang-Montgomery said. “We must be stronger, faster, and quicker. We will have an intense weight lifting program as well as focus on skill work at each position.”

Lang-Montgomery will be looking to focus on recruitment at the guard position to replace graduating senior captains Jalisa Foster, Lauren Baillie, and Karlyn Reddish.

“We have limited depth at the guard spot,” Lang-Montgomery said. “I will be looking to replenish our perimeter with more athleticism and a defensive presence.”

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