“Before the year started I told we go only as far as she takes us,” Eric Boone said. “But we’ve got some team chemistry, they hustle and are aggressive. Our goal is to get to .500 or above.”
The last time Broadfording finished above the break-even point was with a 16-11 record in 2005-06.
Junior Ambrielle Kolb, a 5-6 guard, returns after taking last year off. Junior Kierra White will be counted on to be a defensive stopper. Aspen Floor, the only senior, hopes to pick up where she left off last year when she averaged 12 points in the last seven games.
First-year coach Bill McIntire might have the ingredients at Clear Spring to post an above-.500 record for the first time since ... well, who knows.
Since 2002-03, Clear Spring is 24-200, including a high-water mark of 5-18 last year.
Several of the junior varsity players, who helped craft a 12-7 record under McIntire last year, will be the new face of the Blazers varsity.
Senior 5-4 guard Sarah Elwood and 5-9 junior Samantha Staley — who averaged 8.6 rebounds — return.
Sophomore center Kristen Mellott (5-9) and 5-3 point guard Isabel Forsman will be early starters and 5-5 sophomore guard Jenna Lipinski is expected to see plenty of action.
“I certainly see us above .500, but we’ll see,” McIntire said. “We’ll be a team that expects to win. We’ve got quick guards and we’ll push the ball.”
The Knights were a disappointing 8-15 last season and lost senior first-team all-County Kelsey Koontz — and her 17-point average — to graduation.
Coach Larry Lorshbaugh will look for leadership from 5-8 senior guard/forward Caitlin Cox, who averaged 10.7 points last season, and 5-4 junior point guard Allie Cox.
“We’re looking for a successful season with Caitlin and Allie leading the way,” Lorshbaugh said. “Our goal is to be one of the top teams in our conference.”
Sophomore Jocelyn Quirple, at 5-5, will step in at the two-guard and 5-10 freshman Amanda Eby will be the inside presence for Grace.
The Panthers were 9-13 last season but coach Todd Ruppenthal is looking to post the first winning record since Hancock was 14-9 in 2003-04.
“We won’t be a big, physical team bit I think we’ll be OK athletically,” Ruppenthal said. “Our goal is to be .500 or above by a couple of games.”
Alisa Shives, a 5-5 senior, will handle the rock for Hancock and returns as the Panthers’ leading scorer after averaging 11.1 last season. She will be flanked by 5-3 junior Kristen Shoemaker.
“We’re looking for more scoring from Alisa,” Ruppenthal said.
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