26th District girls basketball season preview | Assumption, Brown, Collegiate, Male

26th District girls basketball season preview | Assumption, Brown, Collegiate, Male

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26th District girls basketball season preview | Assumption, Brown, Collegiate, Male

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ASSUMPTION

Coach: Amy Siegel (first year).

Last season: 7-19, lost to Manual 56-38 in first round of regional.

Player to watch: Nora Kiesler, the 6-6 center who has signed with Purdue University, is one of the top seniors in the state and nation. She averaged 12.6 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 55.5 percent in earning first-team all-region honors, and C-J All-State honorable mention, despite missing the end of last season after suffering a concussion in January.

Other top players: G Cassidy Janes (5-4, Sr.; 6.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg); G Sabrina Fussenegger (5-4, Jr.; 3 ppg).

Outlook: “We will rely on several new and young faces to try and revive the program,” Siegel said. “With significant leadership and fresh energy from a young core of players the coaching staff is hopeful that we can build a solid foundation for the future.”

 

BROWN

Coach: Erin Spalding (second year).

Last season: 2-21, lost to Male 85-14 in the district semifinals.

Player to watch: Cekiya Shaw, the 5-5 senior, is a strong post player who “has the ability to step out and make the shot,” according to Spalding.

Other top players: F Jacora Warner (5-6, Sr.); F-C Sydney Houseal (5-7, So.); F Rachael Frank (5-6, So.); G Fatima Abdur Rahman (5-4, Fr.); G Joanie Sanders (5-4, Sr.).

Outlook: “This year we will continue to build the program,” said Spalding, a 1998 Brown graduate. “We are still struggling with the point-guard position, but are hopeful that we can fill that position this year. We have a great group of girls that are committed to the program.”

Coach: Scott Willard (second year).

Last season: 13-8, lost to Assumption 49-37 in the district semifinals.

Player to watch: Mikaela Wright. The 5-6 senior guard, who was a second team all-region selection last season, is already the program’s all-time leading scorer. She’ll add to her point total this season.

Other top players: F Bailey Overstreet (5-7, Sr.); G Sophia Call (Fr.); F Caylynn Brewer (Fr.); F Nila Blackford (5-10, 8th); G Regan Kommor (So.); G Kate Severtson (5-7, Fr.).

Outlook: Wright and Overstreet, the team captain, will be complemented by some younger players (i.e. Call and Brewer) this season. “This year’s Amazon team will work hard to defend their All ‘A’ Regional title and earn another trip to Frankfort,” Willard said. “This year’s schedule is a formidable one that includes tougher competition and a competitive holiday tournament.”

 

MALE

Coach: Champ Ligon (second year).

Last season: 21-10, lost to Manual 65-43 in regional final.

Player to watch: I’Liyah Green, a 6-1 center, is one of the top juniors in the city and state. She averaged 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds last season, when she was a second team all-region selection.

Other top players: G Taylor Jackson (5-7, Sr., 11.5 ppg, 2.9 spg, 2.7 apg); F Logan Calvert (5-11, So., 7.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg); G Ciaja Harbison (5-5, Fr., 5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg); G Emilia Sexton (5-4, Fr., 5.1 ppg); F Jada Owens (5-7, So., 4.1 ppg); F Denise Buckel (5-6, Sr., 3.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

Outlook: The Bulldogs return 14 of their top 15 players from last season and have added 6-1 eighth-grader Cameron Browning. “Needless to say we have depth and experience,” Ligon said. “We are also very athletic!”

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