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Girls basketball teams at a glance Inter Tri-County League Tier One



Published: Tue, December 4, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

CRESTVIEW

Conference: Inter Tri-County League Tier One

2011-12 record: 16-7.

Head coach: Rick gates, fourth season, (247-194 in 21 seasons).

Projected starters: Ashley Harrison, senior, 18.3 points; Morgan Newbauer, senior, 7; Alexis Marnejon, senior, 3; Savannah Elwonger, senior; Anna Hardenbrook, junior, 5.

Other varsity players: Emilee Chlebus, junior; Tristan Huff, sophomore; Dana Drinnon, sophomore; Bri Cope, sophomore.

Team’s outlook: Gates says the Rebels will benefit from having three starters back (Harrison, Newbauer and Hardenbrook). “[We] will need to grow up in a hurry to be competitive in a very tough ITCL,” Gates said.

League prediction: Gates says United is the team to beat for the league title.

EAST PALESTINE

Conference: Inter Tri-County League Tier One

2011-12 record: 3-17

Head coach: Walt Herriott, fourth year, 14-48.

Projected starters: Brooke Gedeon, senior, C, 5-10, 12.1 points; Kelsey McKim, junior, C, 5-8; Marisa Gorby, junior, F, 5-5, Courtney Weber, junior, F, 5-8; Logan Gatchel, senior, G, 5-4, 5.0 points.

Other varsity players: Abby Fuller, sophomore, F, 5-7; Hannah Hall, freshman, G, 5-1; Haley Hall, freshman, G, 5-1; Carson Rutledge, freshman, F, 5-5; Braxton Feezle, freshman, C, 5-7.

Team’s outlook: East Palestine returns three starters and is quicker overall. Also, the younger players add much-needed depth.

League prediction: United, South Range and Crestview are expected to top the league again with newcomer Jackson-Milton expected to make an impact.

JACKSON-MILTON

Conference: Inter Tri-County League Tier One

2011-12 record: 13-9

Head coach: Pat Keney.

Projected starters: Paije Kiraly, senior, post, 6-0, 11.3 points; Maggie Oblinger, senior, post, 5-10, 9; Zaina Sahli, senior, guard, 5-6, 4.5; Madison Tomaino, junior, guard, 5-7, 2.5; Rebecca Jones, junior, post, 5-10, 2.

Other varsity players: Brittany Schnellbach, senior, post, 5-10, 3.2; Gabrielle Tharp, junior, guard, 5-6; Beth Ritchie, junior, guard, 6-8; Samantha Oblinger, junior, post, 5-6.

League prediction: Keney sees United as the team to beat for the ITCL Tier One crown.

LISBON

Conference: Inter Tri-County League Tier One

2011-12 record: 13-9.

Head coach: Jason Thompson, third season, 23-21.

Projected starters: Tiffany Ketchum, sophomore, guard, 5-4, 4 points; Katy Crismon, senior, guard, 5-5, 4; Pam Pierce, senior, guard, 5-9, 14; Jenna Dickson, junior, forward, 5-9; Paige Bennett, sophomore, forward, 5-10, 2.

Other varsity players: Sarah Boyd, junior, guard, 5-6; Landri Moore, sophomore, guard, 5-4; Taylor Siefke, freshman, forward, 5-9.

Team’s outlook: Thompson said the Blue Devils will continue to be strong defensively. “Our main weakness will be experience,” said Thompson, noting that only three players return from last year. “The key to our season is how quickly [our[ young players develop mature.”

League prediction: Thompson says United and Crestview are the league’s top teams, with Lisbon and South Range following.

MINERAL RIDGE

Conference: Inter Tri-County League Tier One

2011-12 record: 3-18.

Head coach: John Matisi, first season.

Projected starters: Peyton Allen, sophomore, guard; Lauren Cameron, junior, guard; Alyssa Harkins, sophomore, forward; Allissa Sparks, senior, forward; Chasity Pigman, senior, center.

Other varsity players: Rosie Gleason, junior, guard; Kayla Governor, sophomore, guard; Madison Blanchard, sophomore, guard; Adrianna Reese, sophomore, forward; Alyssa Porter, sophomore, center.

Team’s outlook: Matisi describes his players as athletic but inexperienced.

League prediction: Matisi says United, Crestview, Lisbon and South Range are the top teams in the league.

SOUTH RANGE

Conference: Inter TriCounty League Tier One

2011-12 record: 14-9.

Head coach: Wayne Johnson, 121-40 in career.

Projected starters: Alexis Naples, senior, 5-7, 14 points; Allison Oliver, senior, 5-8, 3; Starla Sharp, junior, 5-7, 6; Stevie Taylor, junior, 5-7, 5; Ashley Sharp, sophomore, 5-5, 1.

Other varsity players: Elaina Kimpel, junior, 5-4, 6; Sierra Patrella, junior, 5-3; Holly Heck, junior, 5-10, Kendall Syms, sophomore, 5-8; Sara Durr, sophomore, 6-1; Jordan Youngs, sophomore, 5-5, Lynnie Ritter, freshman, 6-0; Kelsey Philips, sophomore, 5-6; Morgan Crotiue, freshman, 5-2.

Team’s outlook: Johnson said the Raiders feature multi-sport athletes who are quick. Lack of varsity experience is a concern

League prediction: Johnson says United is the team to beat for the ITCL Tier One crown and Springfield and Lisbon will contend for second.

Staff report


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