The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


November 13, 2013

Falcons hope to quickly reload

CAYUGA, Ind. — Coming off a Wabash River Conference title and a Class A sectional title, the North Vermillion girls basketball team reached the regional final before falling to Lafayette Central Catholic.

North Vermillion coach Terry Naylor knows his Falcons are a target this year. Coach Terry Naylor lost all five starters from a year ago — Four to graduation and one to an ACL tear during the summer.

The Lady Falcons have one senior to rely on who didn’t play last year in Taylen Balding (who has a softball scholarship).

“She will be a big part of our team with her leadership this year,” Naylor said.

Naylor will have to rely on the Junior Varsity team of a year ago heavily, the JV team finished 18-3 last year.

“I have a good group of sophomores,” said Naylor. “Sierra Grube wcould be a very good player for us. She could be as good as or better than our point guard of last year when her playing time is complete here at North Vermillion.”

Sophomore Rhiannon Grubbs and junior Shawncee Bowman could find themselves in the starting lineup. Six-foot, two-inch sophomore Paige Benskin will also find a lot of playing time for the Lady Falcons.

“I had a good group of seniors last year and we had a very good year,” Naylor said. “The sophomores are a good group of girls and we will rely on them to play well and continue to improve.”

ATTICA — Red Ramblers coach Matt Harmeson is ready to start the season, after a good season last year and a strong showing in the sectional. The Lady Red Ramblers finished last season at 15-7. The Lady Red Ramblers have their focus and eyes set on a conference championship and a sectional championship.

Attica has four seniors Maci Kyger, Ashley Mitton, Kaylynn Kirkpatrick, and Chelsey LaDuke that lead the way and have a great mixture with the juniors and sophomores. Others returning letter winners are juniors Kara Harmeson, Kaley Sosnowski, and Chloe Spragg.

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