Transfer Brings New Energy To Girls Basketball Team


Derrick Docket

Hailey Jolliff drives past a Orchard Farm defender on her way to the basket, while Ally Schneipp kicks.

Tyler Metheney, Reporter

The Liberty girls basketball team got an unexpected boost not long ago, when junior Hailey Jolliff transferred here from Troy Buchanan High School. She joined the team after the season had already begun; but with the help of her new teammates, she fit right in. 

“After day one, it was great,” Jolliff said, whose parents are both teachers at Liberty. “Every single girl on the team made sure I felt wanted on the team and at the school.”

Clearly, the transition on the court was just as seamless, as Jolliff immediately became an impact player for the Eagles. She averaged 14 points a game along with 4 rebounds and 3 steals per game. Jolliff has been seen as a motivator and great leader to her team already, stating: “one of my main goals this year is to push this team to get better and develop even more.”  

Girls Basketball Coach Walterbach was impressed with Jolliff’s natural talent and transition. 

“The team met her for the first time in open gyms over the break. They were surprised with her and I didn’t tell them anything about her before she showed up, but she fit in immediately,” Walterbach said. 

Jolliff also loves her new team’s fighting spirit.

“I love the fact that my team never gives up, nobody ever quits at practice. We continue to push each other and get better,” she said.

Basketball won’t be the only sport Jolliff will be playing at Liberty for the first time as this spring she also plans to play soccer. 

“I am super excited for soccer. I’m pumped to be playing with some girls from my select team and to be meeting new teammates.”