|Returning letter winners for Lakota varsity girls basketball (from left): Morgan Gangwer (45), Morgan Mowry (24) and Katie Park (31). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Head coach: Mike Miller, third season
2012-13 overall record: 4-18.
2012-13 Midland Athletic League record: 1-9.
Returning letter winners: Morgan Mowry, senior, 5-11, forward; Katie Park, junior, 5-11, forward; and Morgan Gangwer, junior, 5-7, guard/forward.
Strengths: Aggressive defense, team speed
Keys to the season: Defense, rebounding, getting out of the fast break
Outlook: The Raiders return Park, an honorable mention All-MAL selection who averaged 8.0 points per game last season.
Lakota averaged 31.8 points per game offensively last season, but gave up 54. The Raiders look to improve on both.
"We shot 28 percent for the year. We have to get easier looks at the basket. That's what I'm hoping with our defense and getting out on the break, we will get easier scores," Miller said. "And they did a lot of hard work shooting this summer … If we just keep working on our shooting and get that up to about 40 percent, we'll be in good shape.
"We got a whole lot faster, plain and simple. We can move a whole lot better and we can cover people, so I'm hoping that will make a difference," Miller added.
Lakota also looks to improve upon last year's 10th-place finish in the MAL.
"We have some really tough teams towards the top of the league and it's probably going to take us a little while before we mesh and gel," Miller said. "Realistically, we're probably not winning the league but, then we want to make a strong tournament run. That's always my biggest goal is the tournament run."
|North Baltimore girls basketball returning letterman (back row from left) Lacey Trumbull, Olivia Frost, Morgan Schloemp, Lindsay Davis, (front row from left) Mackenzie Stewart, Raegan Fleckner, and Cheyenne Hernandez. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Head coach: Greg Frost, sixth season.
2012-13 overall record: 9-14.
2012-13 Midland Athletic League record: 3-7.
Returning letter winners: Mackenzie Stewart, senior, 5-3, guard; Morgan Schloemp, senior, 5-7, guard; Lindsay Davis, junior, 5-9, forward; Raegan Fleckner, junior, 5-3, guard; Lacey Trumbull, sophomore, 5-6, forward; Olivia Frost, sophomore, 5-9, forward; and Cheyenne Hernandez, sophomore, 5-3, guard.
Strengths: Team chemistry, heart and depth.
Keys to the season: Strong, defense, generating offense from the defense, and consistent scoring.
Outlook: "We are going to have to be strong defensively," coach Frost said. "We are going to have to (score) by committee. We have no one besides Olivia (Frost) coming back who has averaged more than four points per game. We are going to have to generate some offense from our defense if we want to stay in games. Our kids can score, they've proven that, they've proven that in the offseason and in the early goings here, but it's different when the games start.
"We have a goal of trying to win every game we play, but we aren't arrogant enough to believe that we're going to win every game," coach Frost added. "Our goal is to improve each and every day, each and every game."
|Returning letter winners for Northwood varsity girls basketball (from left): Alex Rable (13), Kristin Sawmiller (15), Doma Cruz (03), Philysity Wojcinski (12) and Dara Artino (32). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Head coach: Bill Hamilton, third season.
2012-13 overall record: 7-16.
2012-13 Toledo Area Athletic Conference record: 5-9.
Returning letter winners: Dona Cruz, senior, guard; Lissy Wojcinski, junior forward; Alex Rable, sophomore, guard; Kristin Sawmiller, sophomore forward; and Dara Artino, sophomore, guard.
Strengths: Work ethic, aggressiveness.
Keys to the season: The Rangers averaged just 26.4 points per game last season, while allowing 46.6.
"We've been in the gym a lot this summer," Hamilton said. "We are working hard out on the floor to make that a better thing for us. When I say aggressiveness, there is just going to be a different type of play. The kids are excited about what they can do. They really believe in their hearts that they can be more aggressive defensively than they were in the past,
"Our goal is to win this year. We know last year that we struggled and we don't want that same thing to weigh us down. They have definitely set the goal to win and be better than .500."