Even though he has all five starters back, Corydon coach Michael Uhl said he really doesn’t know what to expect in terms of wins and losses.
It’s not necessarily that he doesn’t know what to expect from his own team. It’s that Southern Indiana, including the Mid-Southern Conference, is so balanced.
“It’s hard to know what to really expect because everybody is pretty good,” he said.
* Top returners: Marie Rothrock (12 ppg), a 5-foot-8 junior forward, is among five returning starters for the Lady Panthers. The others are senior guards Kayla Uhl and Symphony LeJeune, senior forward Reagan Mosley and 5-8 junior forward Taylor Frederick (10 ppg).
* Outlook: The Lady Panthers should be right in the thick of a congested conference race and should have a fighting chance in a tough sectional that includes Brownstown, Corydon, Silver Creek, North Harrison and Charlestown.
* What they are saying: “The guards are experienced,” coach Michael Uhl said. “That’s something we’re really going to have to depend on.”
* Top returners: The Lady Eagles have three starters back: 5-7 senior Brooklyn Keinsley (14.8 ppg), 5-3 senior guard Emma Bays and 5-6 junior forward Jessica DeeWeese.
* Outlook: First-year coach Kevin Smith is seeing plenty of new faces after the departure of seven seniors. He’ll depend on Keinsley on the offensive end. “She’s a good athlete, can shoot the three and can rebound,” he said.
* What they are saying: “We’re still trying to learn how to play the game of basketball,” Smith said. “And we’re struggling.”
North Harrison (11-11)
* Top returners: The Lady Cats return three starters, led by 5-8 junior Kendra Lambert (17 ppg). She will be joined by sophomores Jill Book (6.3 ppg) and Brittany Knight (5.8 ppg).
* Outlook: Coach Missy Voyles prefers an uptempo game and says this North Harrison team will be able to play faster. Voyles is looking for rebounders and asking seniors Alex Gott and Megan Naegle to operate closer to the basket.
* What they are saying: “We’re going to be a little bit quicker, and we’ll be better decision-makers,” Voyles said. “We’ve got a lot of good experience coming back.”
South Central (5-16)
* Top returners: The Lady Rebels return 5-7 junior guard Kelsey Miller (14.8 ppg), 5-5 senior guard Samantha Turner (9 ppg) and 5-6 junior guard Maddie O’Connor.
* Outlook: The numbers are back up at South Central, and longtime coach Randall Schoen said the team should be much more competitive. The Lady Rebels should have plenty of firepower in Miller, and freshman Chelsey Kiser, a 5-9 forward, should hold her own under the basket.
* What they are saying: “Last year we were just so young and our schedule was really too tough,” Schoen said. But the schedule is still tough. South Central, a Class A school, plays “up” in class 12 times.