Sara Wagner, a 5-6 senior, and Joan Leavy, a 5-7 senior, will bang away inside and Kara McKinley, a 5-6 junior, is epected to contribute.
“We’ll be a committee of 10 and go after the basketball,” Ruppenthal said.
The Eagles, a long-standing successful entity in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference, will not field a team this season due to a lack of varsity participation. Coach Dana Henson will help coach Heritage’s junior varsity.
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First-year coach Eric Harrison has a numbers problem with only eight varsity players, but one of them is veteran Wendy Anyona, a 5-5 senior who plays everywhere on the floor.
The Tartans will be without senior Canetra Salary this season, due to injury, so Harrison is looking for 5-6 freshman Sarah Roberts to be a major contributor at guard.
“I’m please with the progress,” Harrison said. “The girls are learning. We’ll need to stay out of foul trouble and be injury free.”
The Hubs have the task of replacing all-Washington County Player of the Year Iman Scott and her 19 points, 4 blocks, 9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 steals per game averages.
Cyndi Benjamin-Miller begins her fourth year at North without any seniors on the roster.
“Players like Iman and (Autumn Fisher) are hard to come by and when you lose both at once makes it tough,” said Benjamin-Miller. “We will have to focus on defense, have patience on offense and expect to improve by the end of the year.”
Fisher averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds last season.
Three juniors are likely candidates to carry the load — 5-10 Kayla Peterson in the post, 5-5 guard Crystal McLeod and 5-7 guard Samiyah Williams. Benjamin-Miller will also look to some freshmen to play plenty of minutes.
The Saints were 4-12 last year and have first team all-County Jordan Wills along with Margaret Bacon missing from the picture.
Jim Fahey, taking over the girls program as head coach, will face a challenge with a team that will be comprised mainly of sophomores and freshmen.
Kerri Kline, a 5-9 junior guard, and Lisle Bruns, a 5-9 post player, return for the Saints with honorable mention status from last season. Junior Madison Fahey, a 5-6 guard, will be a key component as will incoming 5-3 freshman Leanne Ludwick, a point guard.
“I’m not overloading them with things,” Jim Fahey said. “I want them to be focused, to play hard and take advantage of what opportunities are in front of them.”
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