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Area girls: team-by-team preview

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:01 am

BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN

Coach: Kendall Hoffman, 2nd season (7-14)

Last year's record: 7-14

Returning starters/regulars

Brittney Chalfant, 5-10, Sr., forward, 9 ppg, 10 rpg

Hannah Henry, 5-10, Sr., forward, 12 ppg, 7 rpg

Olivia Byler, 5-10, Jr., forward, 5 ppg

Mariah Moonen, 5-6, Jr., guard, 5 ppg

Alex Seabeck, 5-9, So., guard, 6 ppg

Key newcomers

Hannah Hartley, 5-4, Sr.

Megan Lindsey, 5-6, Jr.

Renee Pulver, 5-4, So.

Anna Henry, 5-6, So.

Coach Hoffman says:

What do you need to succeed?

We have to rebound well and be patient.

What concerns you the most?

We don't have a lot of height.

Team goals for this season?

Keep our opponent score average lower than last season.

Overall assessment of the team?

We have a lot of experience from last year. The girls can have a successful season with everyone adding a little to each game.

CANTERBURY

Coach: Wayne Kreiger, 1st season (520-222 career)

Last year: 25-2

Returning starters/regulars

Bailey Farley, 5-9, Sr., forward, 18 ppg

Aaliyah Gaines, 5-9, Sr., guard/forward, 11 ppg

Kindell Fincher, 5-10, Jr., forward, 21 ppg

Darby Maggard, 5-5, So., guard, 17 ppg

Emma Hyndman, 5-8, Jr., forward, 3 ppg

Key newcomers

Carly Johnson, 5-5, Jr., guard

Katie Haines, 5-6, Jr., forward

Rachel Hoagburg, 5-5, Jr., guard

Georgia Lea Williams, 5-10, Jr., forward

The News-Sentinel says:

What do you need to succeed?

How does a team replace a Hall of Fame coach? By hiring the Hall of Fame coach who taught him everything he knows, his father.

What concerns you the most?

The Cavaliers may lack some of the depth they had last year, but a tough regular-season schedule will help them build it in time for the tournament.

Team goals for the season?

The No. 1 goal at Canterbury is always to learn enough during the regular season to be ready for a long postseason run.

Overall team assessment?

“We have four returning starters from last season's Class A state championship team. If we stay healthy and play together as a unit, we have the ability to make another deep tournament run,” Coach Kreiger said.

CHURUBUSCO

Coach: Jamie Perlich, 4th season (19-45)

Last year's record: 8-15

Returning starters/regulars

Chandler Blake, 5-3, Sr., forward, 5.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Savannah Labenz, 5-2, Sr., guard, 6 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Jacey Keener, 5-3, Sr., guard, 1.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg

Kristine Bechtold, 5-6, Jr., forward, 2 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Montana Martin, 5-9, So., guard, 2.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg

Katie Monk, 5-7, Jr., forward

Key newcomers

Cassidy Perlich, 5-4, So., guard

Alisha Farner, 5-7, So., forward

Shelby Brockman, 5-10, Fr., Forward

Alyssa Anderson, 5-8, Fr., Forward

Brooke Yarnelle, 5-0, So., guard

Coach Perlich says:

What do you need to succeed?

We will need to be a defensive team that can stop people. We are not a team that will score a lot of points. Defense will have to win games for us. We return six letter winners but still young and will get better with experience.

What concerns you the most?

Our lack of size is a concern for rebounding.

Team goals for this season?

Our goal is to continue to get better with each game, gaining confidence as we go to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season.

LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN

Coach: David Robinson, 7th year (90-97 career)

Last year: 10-13

Returning starters/regulars

Suzanne Grimm, 5-11, Sr., forward, 13 ppg

Nicole Faur, 5-6, Sr., guard, 4 ppg

Rae Faur, 5-6, Sr., guard, 6 ppg

Courtney Sliger, 5-7, Sr., forward, 7 ppg

Jess Mafera, 5-6, Jr., guard, 2 ppg

Key newcomers

Natalie Mafera 5-7, So., guard

Mikeila Boroff, 5-9, Jr., forward

Emma Dusseau, 5-10, So., forward

Coach Robinson says:

What do you need to succeed?

We need to play with good technique on defense and improve at rebounding the basketball.

What concerns you the most?

We are breaking in a new point guard so we understand that there may be a learning curve there.

Team goals for this season?

We lost two seniors last year who were a big part of the program (Brett Taulbee and Kelsey Kruse). I am looking forward to the season because of the work the girls have put in and the fact that we will have players stepping into new roles. We have great team chemistry and in basketball that goes a long way.

Overall team assessment?

I am excited about this year. The girls showed a huge commitment to improving themselves in the offseason which will in turn help us become a better team. We want to be a better rebounding team this year and continue to be competitive against the teams in our area.