Wakefield girls basketball team ranked 10th

Wakefield's varsity girls team and coaches.

The varsity girls basketball team at Wakefield Country Day School has attained a ranking in the latest state poll. The Lady Owls are ranked 10th in Division 3 of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association. This is the first time in a number of years that Wakefield has achieved a state ranking. The team is 5-0 so far this season.

“While we are pleased by this recognition,” said head coach Mike Brown, “it is very early in the season. We have some challenging games coming up that will show how good we can be.” Ann Pankow is the team’s assistant coach.

Captains of the team are senior starters Isabelle Eastham, Christine Pankow and Sarah Wells. Eastham is averaging a double-double; she leads the team in scoring with 20.4 points per game and in rebounds with 12.4 per game. Point guard and eighth-grader Maeve Dale is the second leading scorer at 10.4 points per game; she also leads in assists at 4.4 per game. Wells is averaging 5.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, and Pankow is scoring 5.4 points per game.

“Coaches Brown and Pankow have done a good job,” said athletic director Mike Costello. “We have, in Isabelle, perhaps the tallest post player in the conference. We’ve been proficient in getting her the ball and in utilizing her talents. Also, the team’s defense has been excellent; it led to one come-from-behind victory early in the season when we held an opponent scoreless in the fourth quarter.”