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SAC girls: team-by-team preview

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:01 am

BISHOP DWENGER

Coach: Dave Scudder, 31st season (381-249)

Last year's record: 11-9

Returning starters/regulars

Ally Christman, 5-9, Sr., guard/forward, 11.2 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2 spg

Alyssa Gibson, 5-10, Sr., center, 7.8 ppg, 5 rpg

Kathrine Jenkins, 5-9, Sr., forward, 2.3 ppg, 2 apg

Julie Mueller, 5-8, Sr., guard, 1 ppg

Michelle Adgalanis, 5-7, So., guard, 1 ppg

Key newcomers

Ciara Fisher, 5-4, Jr., guard

Megan Shea, 6-0, Jr., forward

Nicole Maxwell, 5-8, Jr., forward

Haley Henline, 5-4, So., guard

Greta Winkeljohn , 6-1, So., center

Coach Scudder says:

What do you need to succeed?

We need to get the younger, non-experienced players into the varsity action early to be ready for sectional.

What concerns you the most?

Rebounding is a concern, and we must be able to handle pressure better than we have in the past.

What goals for this season?

Our goal is to improve every game and be a difficult team to play against every night, and to compete for a sectional in February.

BISHOP LUERS

Coach: Denny Renier, 3rd season (63-16)

Last year's record: 21-6

Returning starters/regulars

Addie Reimbold, 5-8, Jr., guard/forward, 4 ppg, 3 rpg, 1.3 apg

Allison Butler, 5-4, Jr., guard, 7.6 ppg, 2 apg

Erin Butler, 5-3, Jr., guard, 2.3 ppg, 1.6 apg

Schrae Hammock, 5-7, Sr., forward

Nai Hall, 6-0, So., center

Sarah Gigli, 5-11, Sr., forward

Key newcomers

Emma Wolfe, 5-7, Fr.

Tashala Sutorius, 5-10, Fr.

Kayla Kanapke, 5-7, Fr.

Taya Andrews, 5-8, Fr.

Coach Renier says:

What do you need to succeed?

We need to take care of the basketball and improve our defense.

What concerns you the most?

We are very young and inexperienced.

Team goals for this season?

Just play up to our potential.

Overall assessment of the team?

Even though we are young, I think this team will be competitive.

CONCORDIA LUTHERAN

Coach: Dave Miller, 23rd season (327-158)

Last year's record: 21-5

Returning starters/regulars

Olivia Hahn, 5-5, Sr., guard, 5.6 ppg

Courtney Smith, 5-8, Jr., guard, 13.2 ppg

Jackie Dixie, 5-11, Sr., forward, 1.2 ppg

Taylor Sparks, 5-8, Jr., forward

Erin Adair, 5-8, So., forward

Rachel Kammeyer, 5-4, So., guard

Dejour Young, 5-8, So., forward

Key newcomers

Abby Stellwagon, 5-7, Sr., forward

Cierra Germann, 5-5, Fr., guard

Coach Miller says:

What do you need to succeed?

Concordia will be young and inexperienced. Five graduated who all played roles in winning the Class 3A state championship.

What concerns you the most?

Players will need to understand and grow into their roles as the season progresses.

Team goals for this season?

This team is small, so playing very aggressive basketball and rebounding will be critical. Good team quickness is an asset to offset being small.

Overall assessment of team?

We start each season with the goal of “putting teammates before yourself” and “being better today than yesterday both as player and as a person.”

NORTHROP

Coach: Andrew Wyss, 1st season

Last year's record: 12-10

Returning starters/regulars

Quila Jackson, Sr., 12 ppg, 10 rpg

Aleah Swary, Jr., 17 ppg, 8 rpg

Nevada Jones, Jr., 4 ppg 2 apg

Sarah Osborn Jr., 4 ppg, 1 apg

Key newcomers

Leah Edwards, Jr., wing

Stevie Luebbert, So,. post

Jamela Sewell, So., wing

Coach Wyss says:

What do you need to succeed?

Improved intensity in practice, total buy-in to team goals, consistent effort to get better every day.

What concerns you the most?

The “newness” of all that comes with new coaching staff, new team offensive and defensive philosophy.

Team goals for this season?

To get better each practice/game as the season progresses, represent our school and community and Northrop's great basketball tradition and compete for championships (conference, conf. tourney, sectional).

Overall assessment of the team?

Good group of basketball players, room for underclassmen to earn varsity minutes, we need to understand how to compete and practice to be competitive on the state level.

NORTH SIDE

Coach: Jaymee Wappes, 2nd season (1-21)

Last year's record: 1-21

Returning starters/regulars

Sierra Miranda, 5-7, guard, 10 ppg

Jayla Lewis, 5-8, forward, 4 ppg

Armonnie Jackson-Freeman, 5-10, forward, 3 ppg

Diedre Moore, 5-4, guard, 1 ppg

Key newcomers

Zorana Lincner, 5-8, guard

Coach Wappes says:

What do you need to succeed?

We have everyone back so I'm excited about that. Our leadership from our veterans will be key.

What concerns you the most?

No concerns. I'm coaching girls basketball with a great group of girls! What could be better?

Team goals for this season?

Our goals are simple. Work hard in our preparation each week and compete to the best of our ability each time we step on the floor.

Overall assessment of the team?

I'm excited about this year. Our numbers are the largest they have been since I've started coaching, and we have everyone back from last season. We had a great summer of team bonding and basketball play. We'll see what we can do with all that we've learned.

SNIDER

Coach: Kelley Meiklejohn, 1st season

Last year's record: 21-4

Returning starters/regulars

Meredith Shipman, 5-11, Sr., guard, 17.1 ppg

Bryanna Moore, 5-5, Sr., guard, 3 apg

Destiny Parker, 5-11, Sr., forward

Karrina Smith, 5-5, Jr., guard, 3.3 ppg

Kiersten Eley, 5-9, Jr., forward, 1.8 ppg

Enissa Wimby, 5-6, Jr., guard

Deja Wimby, 5-8, So., guard, 8.2 ppg

Key newcomers

Kaylyn Speed, 5-5, Sr., guard

Miercedez Carter, 5-11, Jr., forward

Nourachia Jackson, 5-6, So., guard

Mariah Thomas, 5-3, So., guard

Coach Meiklejohn says:

What do you need to succeed?

Keys to our success this season will be how well and quickly we can develop our young inexperienced players to provide support off the bench and how well and quickly our returning players can adapt to expanded or different roles as well as to a new coaching staff!

What concerns you the most?

Our ability to collectively replace the 20+ points, 13 rebounds, toughness and leadership lost with the graduation of four-year starter and 2012 Indiana All-Star Akilah Sims. Also, our overall lack of team size and lack of experienced depth.

Team goals for this season?

Our goal is simply to work and get better every day as a team to be at our best when sectionals start!

Overall assessment of the team?

We possess excellent team speed and quickness as well as experience in our backcourt which we must utilize to offset our overall lack of team size. If we can do this effectively and consistently, we have a chance to be a very successful basketball team.

SOUTH SIDE

Coach: Juanita Goodwell, 4th season (57-15)

Last year's record: 22-2

Returning starters/regulars

Ariana Simmons, 5-11, Sr., forward, 14.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg

De'Joyah Johnson, 5-5, Sr., guard, 10 ppg

Brittni Clopton, 5-10, Jr., forward, 10 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Lynnia Noel, 5-7 Sr., guard, 7 ppg

Lakyn Gulley, 5-0, Jr., guard

Maria Moore, 5-6, So., guard

Key newcomers

Jasmine Harvey, 5-9, Sr., guard/forward

Michelle Wright, 5-10, Sr., forward

Keandra Ferguson, 5-6, Sr., guard

Coach Goodwell says:

What do you need to succeed?

I am excited with the outlook of this team. Our team will be led by three seniors who have been with me since their freshman year, my first year as head coach..

Team goals for this season?

We are aggressive and talented but most importantly, hungry! The girls fell short last year and are inspired to get the job done this year! We will be competitive and give our opponents a good game.

Overall assessment of the team?

Our team has great underclassmen players who are also being recruited to play college ball. We have three new players to our roster who will all contribute at some level.

WAYNE

Coach: John J. Foster, 1st season

Last year's record: 9-13

Returning starters/regulars

None

Key newcomers

Joey Stanford, 5-6, Fr., guard

Carmen Jones, 5-9, Jr., forward

Sh'toya Sanders, 6-1, So., forward/center

Kiera Carlisle, 6-0, So., forward/center

Coach Foster says:

What do you need to succeed?

First, we need to get everyone healthy, both Sh'toya Sanders and Kiera Carlisle have been rehabilitating injuries. Secondly, we are a young and inexperienced group. We are going to need for the girls to adjust to the level of play of varsity basketball. If we can take care of the basketball and work hard and smart on the defensive end, we will be a competitive team.

What concerns you the most?

With no returning varsity players, I think that is cause for concern enough! The high quality of schedule that we play with the inexperience that we have is my biggest concern and it will be interesting to see how we actually handle it.

Team goals for this season?

Our No. 1 goal is to play up to our potential game in and game out. Consistent focus, hard work and effort for 32 minutes a game is what we are striving for.

Overall assessment of team?

We are a young team that has some interesting pieces to the puzzle. As the young ladies get more game experience under their belts, I think they will begin to show some improvement with their basketball IQ and their play.