Girls Varsity Basketball · Lady Lancers set to open season at Continental Saturday

Lincolnview       Source The Van Wert Independent

In his second year as head coach, Kyle Williams has three returning starters ready to lead this year’s squad.

Junior forward Kendall Bollenbacher (5-10) averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season, senior guard Annie Mendenhall (5-6) averaged 6.5 points per game and junior forward/center Zadria King (5-8) chipped in with 3.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Key returners from last year’s 5-19 (2-6 NWC) team include sophomores Makayla Jackson (5-5 guard), Annie Renner (5-4 guard) and Carsyn Looser (5-11 center), junior center Heather Beair (5-11 center) and senior forward Sami Sellers (5-8 forward).

“We have a very young group this year with losing a few girls from last year’s squad, but I am very excited that we have a very ambitious group who are looking to compete,” Williams said. “We have a lot of key returners including some of our top scorers from last year. This group of girls are fun to be around and fun to coach. They are improving at a rapid rate each day, and I believe we can compete with any team.”

Consistent scoring was an issue last season, but Williams believes improvement will be evident in 2020-2021.

“As a team we need to continue to commit and buy into our system and our style of play,” Williams explained. “We need to continue to work on handling the pressure and ultimately put ball in the hole as we have struggled offensively in the past. I believe we compete on the defensive end but we hit some dry spells on the offensive end. We need to be patient and let the game come to us.”

“Our girls are buying into what we are doing at practice and very attentive and want to get better,” the coach added. “If we play solid and do the little things, then we can compete with any team that we play. Also, we need to find ways to put the ball in the hole, I believe the style of play that we want to have this year will be very beneficial for our caliber team.”

Williams also believes the NWC race will be a competitive one this year, with a number of teams in the running for the conference title.

“I’ve always said, outside of the MAC, the NWC is an extremely competitive conference in terms of basketball,” Williams stated. “There are a lot of talented players, coaches and teams. I feel if we play to the level that we can, we could put ourselves in very good position to contend in the conference.”

Lincolnview’s season is scheduled to begin this Saturday at Continental.

Source The Van Wert Independent