Athlete of the Week: Witchella excelling for MAC-leading Blackhawks

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.

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