The Centre girls will need some young players to step up and help their two returning starters if the Cougars are to claim many this season.
“We are experienced in our backcourt guards,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “We don’t have an awful lot of experience on the front line, so we’re going to need some people to step up and develop there.”
Returning for the Cougars are two sophomores who played varsity last year, Cacey Simons and Bryanna Svoboda.
“Brianna’s our point guard,” Stahlecker said. “She handles the ball really well and is a great defensive player. Casey is a good all-round player and the best scorer we have.”
Simons was responsible for almost all of Centre’s points last year, Stahlecker said.
“What we’re really going to have to learn to do is score better, to develop that scoring ability,” he said. “She’s really our only scorer coming back. She can’t carry the load by herself. We need some people to step up.”
But Stahlecker is hopeful that some promising young players will help ease the burden on offense.
“We have a couple freshmen who might be ready to play a little bit on the varsity level,” Stahlecker said.
Overall, the Cougar coach said he wants to take advantage of his team’s athleticism since they likely won’t have a height advantage.
“I would like us to be able to run a little bit,” Stahlecker said. “We have some quickness, some good athletes, but we’re going to have to develop some experience as the season goes on.”
The Cougars are scheduled to launch their season with a home game Dec. 2 against Southeast of Saline.