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.
Harmeson has some top newcomers to bring into the mix in Karrah Pattengale, Alexis Burris, Carly Stoll and Emma Cole.
The Red Ramblers got a good start on Tuesday with a 65-33 win over Frontier with Mitton getting 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kirkpatrick getting 11 points and Kyger adding 10.
COVINGTON — Covington coach Jeff McCoy thinks his team will be a good team and have a better record than they did last year. The team wants to as the old saying goes take one game at a time and get better throughout the season.
McCoy has four returning starters and a strong top eight that has him very excited to get the season started. Juniors Andi Taylor, Kendra Wallace, Avery Chezem, Regan Foster have been starting for the past two years and have taken their lumps and are now wanting to hand some lumps out.
Seniors Miranda Tuggle and Abby White and sophomores Kennedy Crowder, and Macie Cooper will see a lot of minutes and contribute to the team.
McCoy says only time will tell if we have done enough over the summer to improve enough to be a factor in this year’s conference and sectionals. The season gets tougher for the Lady Trojans after Christmas break and McCoy likes it that way so they can prepare for sectional play.
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL — Fountain Central has 17 team members this year compared to 12 from last year. Coach Amie Anthrop is excited about the upcoming year and optimistic about what can take place for the Lady Mustangs.
The Lady Mustangs have three returning starters: Five-foot, six-inch senior Mackenzie Hurd, 5-5 junior Mary Frazee, and 5-4 junior Morgan Grubb.
Anthrop has a good mix of players and is unsure of who will be starting for their first game on Thursday. She sees a lot of potential and says freshmen Macee Williams and Maggie Fishero, and senior Cathy Yager could see quality minutes.
“The team goal is to force tempo and try to force teams to play faster than they are comfortable with. Like most teams we would like to attack inside then open up the outside for some easy shots,” Anthrop said. “We want to limit our turnovers and force the other team into turnovers.”
SEEGER — Seeger won the 2A sectional title last year. The Lady Patriots finished 19-8 for Coach Brent Rademacher who is in his 19th year of coaching.