Led by first-team All-Northern Lakes League selection Hanna Williford, the Bowling Green girls basketball team returns four letter winner this season.
|Returning letter winners for BG girls varsity basketball. From left: Tyanna Smith, Hanna Williford, Reagan Morman, and Livvy Dill. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A senior, the 5-foot-8 Williford averaged 12.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game in the regular season for the Bobcats.
Also returning are 5-4 senior Reagan Morman; 6-1 junior Livvy Dill; and 6-0 junior Tyanna Smith.
‘‘Those kids have some great experience coming back,’’ said Jeff Nichols, who his starting his 12th season as BG’s head coach.
Last season, the Bobcats were 13-10 overall and 7-7 in the NLL.
‘'We expect a lot of Hanna. She is a first-team all-league point-guard coming back. She’s worked on her game all summer, and she is going to be solid,’’ Nichols said.
Due to an injury to Chelsey Morlock last season, Morman became a full-time player and will continue in that role this season.
With Dill and Smith, the Bobcats have good size inside. Dill and Smith averaged 5.9, and 5.7 rebounds per game last season, respectively.
‘‘Livvy has worked really hard on her game; she commits a lot of time to basketball,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘‘Ty’ is a great athlete. She is able to run the floor, unlike any post in the league, and just her athleticism is a benefit to us.’’
Also on the 10-player varsity roster are seniors Thayer Daniels, 5-1, and Gabbie Powers, 5-8; juniors, Hailey Maas, 5-6, Anna Szabo, 5-6, Baylee Bowers, 5-9; and freshman Kendal Glandorff, 5-10.
Both Daniels and Powers saw limited varsity playing time last season.
Nichols said both have helped in leadership for the team, and Powers will see some playing time in the post.
Nichols said the returning players, averaged 35 points per game last season.
‘‘We can score a little bit. We are good in transition, and we are going to be very athletic to match up with a lot of teams we play,’’ Nichols said.
Maas, Szabo, and Bowers, have worked hard in the off-season, Nichols said. He added the Bobcats are looking to Maas to score, while Bowers will work inside, and Szabo can play either guard or forward.
‘‘We’re expecting a lot from those three kids,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘They have to be solid players for us. It’s nice to have four starters back, but you have to have more than four people.’’
Glandorff, the daughter of BG varsity assistant coach Hans Glandorff, rounds out the roster.
‘‘She is a very good player for a freshman,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘Some of that is thanks to her dad being a coach all these years, and some of it is her work ethic and just wanting to be a great basketball player.
‘‘Fifty percent of what she has you can’t coach, because you are tall. The other 50 percent is her working hard,’’ he said. ‘‘She is going to contribute significantly.’’
There are 15 players on the junior varsity team, including 10 freshmen.
BG will play a limited freshmen schedule, approximately 10 to 12 games, and a full junior varsity schedule.
‘‘It’s best for development to give kids as much time as we can. With four kids graduating (this academic year), we’re going to have to use some of those kids to move up next year, and play,’’ Nichols said.
In the NLL, Nichols said Perrysburg and Northview are the top two teams, while BG, Anthony Wayne, and Southview will be battling for third place.
‘‘We’re really happy from 13 wins to have four kids back, but the apprehension is who is going to step up to be five, six, seven,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘In our league, every night is going to be a battle.
‘‘We’re telling the kids we want to improve on 13 wins, but we know we are starting out the season with some inexpe