Ferndale High girls basketball under new leadership

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published November 28, 2017

 Ferndale High girls basketball coach Christina Nagle is pictured at a recent team practice. Nagle is looking for success on and off the court.

Ferndale High girls basketball coach Christina Nagle is pictured at a recent team practice. Nagle is looking for success on and off the court.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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After going 9-49 overall and 0-29 in the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division over the past three seasons, the current group of Ferndale High girls basketball players and coaching staff have a fresh opportunity to help improve the state of the program.

The person who has been assigned to lead the way is Christina Nagle.

Nagle was an assistant with the team last year. 

She also has experience on the court. She played for Urbana University in Ohio, before transferring to Lawrence Tech University. Her assistant coach, Lauren Hopfner, also played in college, seeing the court for University of Northwestern Ohio.

Nagle thinks the opportunities they had will benefit the student-athletes at Ferndale.

“We have girls that struggle academically, and we emphasize that if you want to get to the point that we got, school needs to come first,” she said. “So, we’re really focusing on academics and we’re really focusing, obviously, on basketball skills. … But I think we’re trying to make them well-rounded kids instead of just good basketball players. I think that’s really our main focus this year.”

Nagle would like to “rebuild” the culture of Ferndale’s program, which includes starting fresh skill-wise and attitude-wise. 

“These girls, they’re buying into the change of the program,” Nagle said. “Even the seniors, they’re understanding it and setting an example for the younger ones. So, long-term wise, our biggest focus is changing the entire culture of the program; the expectations, the attitudes, everything that comes along with the way our program has been. And then I think the wins will come with that.”

Seniors Ronyae Lynn and Ma’yona Patmon could play a big role in helping Nagle try to set a good tone for the program.

A couple of the younger players expected to make key contributions are sophomores Keneisha Williams and Kyra Newman.

“We’re raw, but we’re excited,” Nagle said. “We’re very positive. … We have a lot to work on, we have a lot to learn, but I think with the positive attitudes and the family feel that our program has right now, if we can maintain that, I think that we’ll have a successful season.”

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