2017-18 Winter Preview: SBAAC girls basketball


Bethel-Tate Lady Tigers

RECORD 2016-17

19-7, tied for first in SBAAC National Division.

HEAD COACH

Dave Fallis, 9th year at Bethel-Tate

COACH’S RECORD

108-82

NUMBER OF STARTERS RETURNING

4

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTER WINNERS

4

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Allison Park. SBAAC National Division Player of the Year. Leading scorer last year with 13 points per game. Reagan Leonard, Sarah Gardner, Maddy Burton

RIGHT NOW I LIKE …

I really like the teamwork our players have demonstrated this month. Very unselfish mindset.

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE …

We need to make sure we value each possession and that we keep turnovers to a minimum.

TEAM TO BEAT IN YOUR LEAGUE AND WHY

Williamsburg may be the team to beat this year. They bring back a great deal of experience from last year’s team and they play extremely hard every time they are on the court.

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Williamsburg Wildcats

ROSTER

Seniors: Leslie Engel, Peyton Fisher, Emily Brown, Hailey Beesten

Juniors: Laurin Ellis, Jessica Chase, Alexis Chase

Sophomores: Camille McManus, Chloe Durham, Emily Hart

Freshmen: Katie Ervin, Paige Fisher, Brenna Vining, Madi Ogden, Amanda Mitchell, Kirstyn Thomas

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Goshen Lady Warriors

RECORD IN 2016-17

19-7 overall 10-0 champions of SBAAC American Division

HEAD COACH

Mark Short, 38th year coach, 17th as varsity coach

COACHES IN PROGRAM

Assistant coaches Jim Allen, Dale Turner, Mike Martin

NUMBER OF STARTERS RETURNING

3

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Paige Garr, SBAAC American Player of the Year, Div. I college recruit; Whitney Turner, Bri Vonderaal

KEY NEWCOMERS

Miranda Meyer, Kara Williams

RIGHT NOW I LIKE …

Our effort, work ethic

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO …

Mature quickly

TEAM TO BEAT IN YOUR LEAGUE AND WHY

Wilmington, by a long shot

ROSTER

Seniors: Miranda Myer

Juniors: Bri Vonderau, Sami Huhn, Whitney Turner, Cheyenne West, Kaitlin Pfau, Kara Williams, Paige Garr, Kayla Tuerck

Sophomores: None

Freshmen: Alexis Sweeney, Gaby Maco

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Georgetown Lady G-Men

TEAM RECORD, LEAGUE FINISH IN 2016-17

9-13, 5-5 in division, 3rd Place

HEAD COACH, YRS COACHING

Janel Blankespoor, 1st Year at Georgetown

HEAD COACH’S RECORD

Been coaching at college level for 8 years

COACHES IN PROGRAM

Jr High: Chelsea Drake and Hannah Barlow

High School: Janel Blankespoor & Brandon Hinson

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Kennedy Underwood — National Division 1st Team

Lauren Carter — National Division 2nd Team

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Kassidy Seigla, graduation — National Division 1st Team

RIGHT NOW I LIKE …

Our players’ commitment level, competitive spirit and willingness to learn from a new coach.

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE …

Many little things such as angles, positioning, communicating, court awareness, etc.

TEAM TO BEAT IN YOUR LEAGUE AND WHY

Focus on one game/day at a time.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM, SEASON

I am looking forward to watching this team grow collectively and individually as basketball players and people. I want to see our team rise up when we face adversity and be committed to being our best each day, whether on or off the court. The season will be a year of a lot of learning and building confidence for Georgetown girl’s basketball with a younger roster and new coach. We are on a good trajectory as a team and I am looking forward to us rising up over the course of the season.

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Western Brown Lady Broncos

RECORD IN 2016-17

6-17 overall, 3-7 American, fifth place

HEAD COACH

Tim Chadwell, first year as WB girls coach

COACH’S RECORD

114-62 in 8 years as boys basketball coach

COACHES IN PROGRAM

Andrew Gill, varsity assistant; Gina Lawrence, reserve coach; Kerri Young, junior high; Brett Harris, junior high

NUMBER OF STARTERS RETURNING

4

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTER WINNERS

5

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Tessa Pinkerton, 7 pts, 7 reb, 2nd team SBAAC; Cana Kleemeyer, 6 pts; Maddy Whisman, Gracie Fischer, Rylie Young

KEY NEWCOMERS

Baylee Jones, Emma Sams, Lexi Wallace

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Bailey Darnell, 1st team SBAAC, 7 pts

RIGHT NOW I LIKE …

Our competitiveness and our athleticism. The girls play hard and are improving daily

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE …

Just the fact we are learning a new system takes time

TEAM TO BEAT IN YOUR LEAGUE AND WHY

Goshen is returning champion with the returning player of the year. Wilmington in its first year in league returns a talented group that has had a lot of success. I think the league will be very competitive

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM, SEASON

ROSTER

Lizzie Black 5-7 Jr Fwd

Hannah Bolender 5-6 Jr Gd

Allie Buttree 5-9 Soph Fwd

Gracie Fischer 5-6 Soph Gd

Sevanna Haggerty 5-7 Jr Gd

Cana Kleemeyer 5-7 Sr Gd

Baylee Jones 5-7 Fresh Gd

Tessa Pinkerton 5-9 Sr Fwd

Emma Sams 5-9 Soph C

Lexi Wallace 5-9 Jr Fwd

Maddy Whisman 5-6 Sr Gd

Riley Young 6-0 Sr C

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Batavia Bulldogs

RECORD IN 2016-17

10-15, won two tournament games; 4-6 in American Division

HEAD COACH

Jon Nau

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Maggie Mehlman, 5-7, Sr., 12.6 pts, 4 ast per game

KEY NEWCOMERS

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Soph PG Taylor Myers (assist and floor leader last year)—ACL tear in soccer

RIGHT NOW I LIKE …

our defensive willingness and intensity

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE …

all of our offensive production and rebounding (our weakest area)

TEAM TO BEAT IN YOUR LEAGUE AND WHY

Wilmington (obvious reasons) and next is Goshen (great junior class and defending SBC-American champs)

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM, SEASON

Toughest schedule we have ever played (league and non-league) could greatly effect overall record

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Felicity Cardinals

TEAM RECORD, LEAGUE FINISH IN 2016-17

5-19 overall, fifth in SBAAC-National

HEAD COACH, YRS COACHING

10

COACHES IN PROGRAM

7th Damon Smith, 8th Kelsey Schaber, JV Dick Goodpaster

NUMBER OF STARTERS RETURNING

1

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTER WINNERS

7

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Kylie Sponcil, Madison Baird and Hayley Sandker

KEY NEWCOMERS

Madison Moore and Reagan Lowe

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Morgan Horn-Graduation

RIGHT NOW I LIKE …

our speed and ability to anticipate

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE …

communication, help and boxing out

TEAM TO BEAT IN YOUR LEAGUE AND WHY

Williamsburg, consistent scoring and chemistry

The Batavia High School girls basketball team.
The Batavia High School girls basketball team. Courtesy Photo

The Williamsburg High School girls basketball team.
The Williamsburg High School girls basketball team. Courtesy Photo

The Goshen High School girls basketball team, from left to right, front row, Paige Garr, Kaitlin Pfau, Kayla Tuerck, Kara Williams, Gaby Maco; back row, Whitney Turner, assistant coach Dale Turner, Cheyenne West, assistant coach Jim Allen, Miranda Meyer, Bri Vonderau, head coach Mark Short, Alexis Sweeney, assistant coach Mike Martin, Sami Huhn.
The Goshen High School girls basketball team, from left to right, front row, Paige Garr, Kaitlin Pfau, Kayla Tuerck, Kara Williams, Gaby Maco; back row, Whitney Turner, assistant coach Dale Turner, Cheyenne West, assistant coach Jim Allen, Miranda Meyer, Bri Vonderau, head coach Mark Short, Alexis Sweeney, assistant coach Mike Martin, Sami Huhn. Courtesy Photo