Centre looks to build around young core

Pictured are: Alyssa Espinoza, Cailey Barney, Kelsey Hett, Samantha EspinozaWith no seniors on the team, Centre girls basketball will lean on a group of underclassmen to try to improve on their 9-11 record from last season.

Head coach Alan Stahlecker is entering his 10th season as head coach and said that while his team is not tall, they have good team chemistry and a tenacity that will allow Centre to be competitive with most of the teams in the area.

“I expect this will be a fun team to watch, and I do enjoy coaching them,” he said.

The team will lean on junior Kelsey Hett, a 5-foot-7-inch point guard, who averaged 10.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 3.1 steals last year. Hett is the tallest player on the team and was All Wheat State League First Team last year.

“We will be challenged by our lack of height, our lack of depth with only eight players, and a lack of experience,” Stahlecker said. “Avoiding injuries and foul trouble will be important for us, as will be the development of our youngest players.”

Outside of Hett, returning for Centre are Alyssa Espinoza, Samantha Espinoza, and Cailey Barnery.

Centre will begin the season hosting Bennington on Friday, Nov. 30.

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