CHS girls not short on desire

In Alan Stahlecker?s first year as head coach of the Centre High School girls? basketball team, the Cougars have four starters returning from a 9-13 team that placed third in the Eisenhower League last year.

Stahlecker noted that the Cougars?with two players as tall as 5-feet, 8 inches?are not blessed with height. But with the experience and skills required to work against opposing defenses and with strong defensive skills of their own, the Cougars will be a handful.

?We are small, so rebounding will be a challenge,? Stahlecker said.

He noted that Wakefield and Elyria Christian have top teams.

Centre will vie for another top-three finish, and all-league guards Shelby Deines and Carlye Simons will lead the charge.

Ripley Howard and Allison Shields were starting forwards last year, and the team will include four other letter-winners: Samantha Seifert, Josie Peterson, Amanda Floyd and DJ Turner.

Stahlecker has six seasons of coaching experience and a 54-50 record in non-varsity games. His next varsity win will be his first.

The Cougars? season begins Friday against Southeast of Saline.

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