The first month of the season was filled with ups and downs for the Shorewood girls basketball team. The Thunderbirds are a relatively inexperienced squad, learning to play without Taryn Shelley (now at Washington State University), with new players in new roles, while dealing with several key injuries.
But through it all, Shorewood (5-5) has found a way to win some games.
“We’ve struggled to find a rhythm offensively,” said Thunderbirds coach Mark Haner. “We’re trying to find our identity (outside of) Taryn. The biggest challenge is getting the girls to understand the level of physicality and athleticism and focus (required) at the varsity level. They enjoy playing together, and I love working with them. It’s been a great season so far from that perspective. I just want the basketball side to come along a little bit more.”
Shorewood has received steady production from senior guard Katie Taylor, the team’s leading scorer, as well as junior guard Davi Borromeo and sophomore forward Sabrina Musye.
“Katie has been a varsity player for a long time, but she’s going to go through some growing pains as well because this is the first time the spotlight is on her. Now it’s on her shoulders,” Haner said. “But she’s done well. She’s doing a fantastic job leading us.”