Centre girls’ team will mix veterans with freshmen

Centre girls’ key players this season include Janel Dones, Becca Casey, Kate Basore, Emily Schlesener, Kelsey Hett. All are seniors except for Hett, a sophomore. The Cougars lost three seniors from last season’s 12-10 squad.The Centre girls’ basketball team will be young this season as four of nine players on the roster are freshmen.

The Cougars lost three seniors to graduation from last year’s 12-10 squad, and ninth-year coach Alan Stahlecker will look to two returning starters to lead this year’s team.

Senior Kate Basore averaged 9.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game a year ago. The 5-foot, 10-inch post received first team, All-Wheat State League honors a year ago and also received honorable mention All-State recognition from the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal.

Centre’s second returning starter is sophomore Kelsey Hett. The 5-6 guard averaged 8.0 points, 2.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game

Additional returning letter-winners are seniors Emily Schlesener (5-9, forward/center) and Janel Dones (5-3, guard).

Newcomers to watch include freshmen Alyssa Espinoza (5-5, guard/forward), Samantha Espinoza (5-5, guard/forward) and Cailey Barney (5-5, guard).

“We do have a little inside presence with Basore and Schlesener, and Hett has already proven herself to be a capable point guard,” Stahlecker said.

“Those three will need to step up their scoring and lead the team in other aspects of the game, and the freshmen will need to develop quickly at the varsity level. I expect us to be very competitive.”

Centre will start the season at Central Christian Friday.

The Cougars’ home-opener will be Dec. 15 versus Canton-Galva.

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