Schroon Lake The Schroon Lake Central School girls junior varsity basketball team has a lot of heart, although sometimes heart is a big concern.
The team, which only has six girls, is battling fatigue and health issues this season.
“I have never been more proud of a team I have coached or worked with,” Coach Paul “Butch” Jarrell said. “The Schroon Lake girls JV Lady Wildcats display true sportsmanship, hard work, determination, fortitude, teamwork and play their hearts out.”
The team includes Caitlyn Jarrell, Shannon Garland, Desiree Lanoue, Lexi Subra, Molly Wisser and Rhiannon Hoffman.
That determination was on display Jan. 10 as the ‘Cats beat Willsboro, 21-10, despite playing a portion of the contest with just three players on the floor.
That night Schroon only had five players available because Hoffman was sick.
“We started the away game with a disadvantage of only having five players and no relief from the bench,” Coach Jarrell said. “The flu bug has had its toll on our athletes. The ladies fought hard with no breaks and went into halftime with a 15-2 lead. As you can imagine, we were pumped because of our lead, but we knew the second half would be tough because Molly (Wisser) had four fouls, they were playing pressure man-to-man defense and there was no relief from the bench to give our ladies a break. We had to rely on time-outs and fouls for our rest time.
“Early in the third quarter, Molly (Wisser) was called on her fifth foul which took her out of the game,” the coach said. “Now, we were down to four players on the floor well over half of the third quarter and all of the fourth quarter left to play.”
Complicating matters for the Wildcats in every game is Caitlyn Jarrell’s heart condition. She suffers from Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome. She is playing basketball only until Feb. 6 when she’s scheduled to have heart surgery.