Athlete of the Week: Haley Witchella, Oxford

By Patrick Newell

Sun Sports Editor

At any time in a game, Oxford senior Haley Witchella could be a one-person fast break where she leaps for a defensive rebound, dribbles it up the floor past the defense as if it was standing still, then takes the ball to the hoop for a layup. In another moment, she might chase down an opponent dribbling the ball, block the shot, grab the loose ball, then rifle an outlet a pass to a fast-breaking teammate. Perhaps Witchella is merely patrolling the area surrounding the basket, an area she calls her own, and where few opponents traverse. Then again, Witchella may be on the perimeter knocking down a three-pointer for her team. Offensively and defensively, Haley seems like an omnipresent force. One who can score big, rebound big, defend with the best, while also possessing excellent ballhandling and passing skills.

“Haley is just an outstanding player, and I think every coach in the league recognizes that and wishes they had her,” said Greene girls’ basketball coach, Dave Gorton. Gorton has coached against Oxford and Witchella the past three seasons. “I admire her all-around game and she’s one of the most gifted athletes we’ve had in our league in a while. I’m partial to my players, but when I look at other teams, (Haley) is someone I’d like to coach.”

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