A young but experienced Canton-Galva girls’ basketball team takes the floor this season with five letter-winners and additional height at the post position.
“We have so much experience coming back in the players that we do have, I?think that kind of offsets us being so young,” said coach Dale Dvorak.
“They all played significant time throughout the year, so it’s like having five returning starters who already know what’s going on.”
The returning players are Lauren Ballantyne, Caley Johnson, Liz Johnson, Lindsey Unruh, Keana Haydon, Leah Schmitz and Erika Smith.
At 6 feet, Liz Johnson lends the Eagles some height at the post position. She should receive some help this season from 5-11 freshman forward Cassidy Enns.
Dvorak said they are both looking strong, so he plans to interchange them as the season begins.
“Hopefully we can get to a game where we start them both and get some height underneath,” he said. “(Enns) will get a significant number of minutes in at the varsity level.”
Two other freshmen likely to contribute off the bench are Sierra Pennington and Zoe Unruh.
“I think we’re going to be a lot more aggresive defensively,” Dvorak said. “Offensively, we’re going to look to get down in the post and then kick it back out to our guards.”
He said improving the Eagles’ shooting percentage would be a priority. Canton-Galva shot 27 percent as a team last season.
Dvorak said his team has been shooting more in practices and working on defense to cut down on rebounds and extra possessions given to the other team.
“As a coach, that’s what you look at,” he said. “You look at better defense and better shot selection rather than just shooting the ball.”
The Eagles will face an uphill battle for wins this season in a strong Heart of America league.
Canton-Galva is scheduled to begin its season Nov. 30 at Elyria Christian, with tipoff set for 6 p.m.