CHS girls will have experience on the court

The Centre girls? basketball team will enter its first season in a new league led by several players with game experience.

Finishing 8-13 overall and 4-4 in Eisenhower League play in 2009-10, the Cougars lost their leading scorers?Carlye Simons, 12 points per game, and Shelby Deines, nine points?to graduation but return senior post player Allison Shields.

As a junior, Shields led the Cougars in rebounding with 10 per game and averaged seven points while playing primarily in the paint.

Shields will be joined near the basket by fellow senior Ripley Howard, who averaged 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Her best game came against White City, when she scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

On the perimeter, the Cougars are inexperienced. Senior DJ Turner returns with varsity experience. She averaged 3.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game?the most of any returning Cougar guard.

Guard Theo Kassebaum played in 16 games as a sophomore.

Centre, a new member of the Wheat State League, opens its season Friday at Southeast of Saline.