As long as Oxford continues to excel this season in the Midstate Athletic Conference, junior forward Haley Witchella may never accumulate the type of statistics one would expect of a player with her abilities.
Witchella is putting up 14.4 points, 8.5 rebounds. 3.2 steals, 2.5 blocked shots, and shoots 49.1 percent from the field this season – all team-highs, and more than respectable statistics for any varsity basketball player. What makes those numbers more impressive is that she plays barely more than two-thirds of a game averaging 21.5 minutes per contest.
“I don’t know of any of the top scorers in our league that sit out that much,” said Oxford’s second-year head coach, Chris Palmer.
Witchella’s time off the court isn’t by necessity or that she does not merit more minutes on the court. Witchella is part of a special group of Blackhawks that has as much top-to-bottom talent as any Oxford club over the past decade. The Blackhawks are riding the role of front-runner after beating every MAC divisional opponent this season, and are in position to compete for their first league title in five years.