The Southmoreland varsity girls basketball team is no stranger to success, and this was showcased as head coach Brian Pritts was recognized for his 200th career win.
“The back of our shirts say effort and attitude,” coach Pritts said in an interview with Triblive. “Defense is all about effort and having a good attitude, and trusting each other.”
Coach Pritts credits his success on the court to the dedication and talent of his players. Maggie Moore is the only senior for the 2018-2019 season and has committed to continue her basketball career with the Naval Academy.
“They bring different things to the table,” Coach Pritts said. “Mags (Moore), on defense, and we try to keep her around the basket as much as we can.”
Southmoreland currently holds the top defensive scoring average in the WPIAL in Class 4A, and on Jan. 10, the girls beat the fifth-ranked team in WPIAL Class 4A, Belle Vernon, with a score of 45-27.
“It’s a work in progress offensively, but the kids’ defensive effort tonight was amazing,” coach Pritts said in noting Belle Vernon was held to under 30 points. “They came out in the second half and built the lead back up after we were kind of stagnant in the second quarter. I am really proud of the kids tonight.”
The girls, along with coach Pritts and assistant coach Barry Collins, will look to continue their successful season with the goal of winning their section.
“Coming off the Elizabeth Forward game, we were more hungry for the win,” senior Maggie Moore said. “We want to prove ourselves now. We know we can win the section. (Not being ranked) is a big motivator.”