Josie Hutchings

Josie Hutchings

Jeff Cook is back on the bench coaching the Pleasantville Trojan varsity girls’ basketball team.

Cook replaces Aaron Fichter as the Trojans’ main man.

Pleasantville is coming off a year where the team was 9-11 overall. That squad was hit heavy with graduation as Jordan Dursky, Taylor Foley, Sydnee McKinney and Taylor Clark are all gone.

Cook actually inherits a squad that returns only one starter, Josie Hutchings, who swings between being a guard and a forward. She averaged 5 points per game last winter.

Eight other PHS letter winners will be vying for court time, that group includes juniors Bre Benge and Faith Vander Hart, along with sophomores Carlie Sloan, Malorie McKinney, Rachel Harvey and Adi Adreon and senior Bridgette McKinney.

“The strength of our team is the hustle and hard work put in by the players,” Cook replied.

The weakness is the lack of varsity experience and the lack of overall height.

Cook points at Des Moines Christian, Van Meter and Ogden as favorites in the WCAC.

In summary, Cook stated, “I expect the team to be scrappy and in great physical condition, very cohesive, and resilient.”

Odds and Ends

Cook is no stranger to coaching the sport, he was a head coach for 10 years prior to getting back on the bench for the 2019-20 season. The Trojans will play Twin Cedars and M-D on back-to-back nights.

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