Scottish Front Court Trio Return
21/22 will be the fourth season wearing the purple Pride jersey for Eabha Kerr. Last year saw the 18 year old take on an increased role in the team, playing in 19 championship games where she averaged 13.8 minutes per game in which she clocked up 1.8 points and 2.5 rebounds. As an integral part of a well gelled team, we welcome Eabha back for another season.
As she prepares for the season ahead Eabha commented: “Last season was challenging for many reasons and I learnt a lot. My hopes for this season are for us all to grow as a team: to keep learning and progressing to be the best we can be and to not only play games but to fight to win them.”
Coach Sengers revealed his hopes for Eabha this season, saying “Eabha had some struggles early last season and it isn’t uncommon for young players to go through that. I have to praise her for the way she came out of it stronger and how she changed her mindset. She started putting in more work and seems to have a better understanding of what it will take to progress. She has all the tools to be a great player in the league but she needs some time. It will be fun to see her progress this season.”
In her first season with Pride, Sophie played 8 minutes per game and showed confidence stepping on court in the new environment. An instant hit with the team on and off the court, Sophie is one of the most positive and hard-working teammates to have worn the purple and white. She has been continuing to adjust and learn through the off-season and we look forward to seeing what she can achieve this year.
Reflecting on her time Sophie said “I enjoyed the highly competitive environment that WBBL provides whilst being afforded the opportunity to keep playing during Covid times. One of the greatest challenges for me was playing such a fast-paced game. I am looking forward to playing with the Pride again this year and continuing to develop and work hard for my team”
In relation to Sophie, Sengers told us “Sophie is a lot of fun to work with. She is transitioning positions and working hard to become more of an outside threat where she used to more efficient close to the basket. She is a smooth finisher and once she learns how to play defence the way we want to see it and gets a bit more confidence playing behind the arc I think she can surprise many people.”
Elise joined Pride for the 2021-2022 season and the 6’4” 19 year old enthusiastically took on the challenge of competing in the WBBL. In her 12 minutes per game, she achieved and average of 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. A great teammate, Elise keeps the team on their toes with her quick wit and fun personality and we welcome her back for the new season.
When asked to reflect on last year and what she is looking forward to this year Elise said “I am grateful that I was given the chance to play for Pride last season. It was a step up from the level of basketball I had previously played which made me feel a bit sceptical at first. However, the team are great, very accommodating and encouraging and they gave me the confidence to take on the opportunity and see where it would lead me. This year I am excited to develop my game both mentally and physically. I know this season is going to be very rewarding!”
Coach Sengers added “Elise is learning the game quickly. Having not played much basketball at all before she joined us, she is working very hard to improve. She has a silky touch inside the paint and the potential to be a good outside shooter as well. When she gets used to playing at this level and gains the confidence to slow down, she is going to be a match up problem for many. She is building her body, skills and understanding of the game slowly by putting in the necessary work and I am sure it will be rewarded.”