Three starters return to anchor the Canton-Galva girls? basketball team under the direction of third-year coach Kelly Unruh.
Senior Cassidy Enns (6-0) led the team in scoring and rebounding in last year?s 11-11 campaign, averaging 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. She earned all-league and all-state honors a year ago.
Senior forward Zoe Unruh (5-9) also returns as a starter. She averaged 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds last season. Junior guard Kelli Night?in?gale (5-5) is the Eagles? third returning starter. She averaged 6.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals last season.
Additional returning players include juniors Brittany Nordstrom (5-9, forward), Autumn Colgin (5-7, guard) and sophomore Taylor Everett (5-6, guard).
Unruh also spoke of his incoming class: ?We do have several freshmen coming in with a good work ethic and basketball potential.?
The Eagles? defense is once again expected to be a strong point this season, Unruh said, although work remains to be done offensively.
?Offensively, we still need to do a better job of taking care of the ball,? Unruh said. ?We turned the ball over at least 20 times a game last year. Our shooting percentage also needs to get better. We improved our field-goal percentage last year from the year before, but still need to get better at putting the ball in the basket.?
With several returning players, as well as the work put in during the off-season, Unruh is optimistic about the upcoming campaign.
?Having three returning starters coming off an 11-11 season hopefully will help us to continue to improve in the right direction,? he said. ?We had several girls work consistently on their game this summer, which we hope will pay off this season.?
The Eagles will begin the season by hosting Elyria Christian Friday.