HURRICANE It’s the next group’s turn to get to the playoffs.
The Hurricane Tigers have just two seniors on the roster — London Steglich and Chelsi Cahoon — after the likes of Brooklyn Gubler and Shania Hurst got them to the 3A quarterfinals in 2014. They eventually lost to North Sanpete, 48-37.
That’s not to say the Tigers are starting from scratch. Steglich, in particular, played a key role in Hurricane’s run to the top eight. She scored nine points in the Tigers’ blowout victory over the Tooele Lady Buffs in the first round of the state tournament. She also snagged nine rebounds, dished out seven assists and forced three Tooele turnovers.
Steglich finished fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.5 boards per game. She was third in assists with 1.8, and fifth in scoring with 6.5 points per game.
“I started coaching the team four years ago,” Hurricane head coach Franci Homer said. “So I’ve seen this current group all the way through.”
Homer said the Tigers’ goals remain the same — finish in the top four of the region and try to make a run in the state tournament toward a championship. And when given the chance to play at home — as they did against Tooele thanks to a second-place finish in the region — they can put on a show.
“Our goal is to grow as a team and see improvement,” junior Carrie Marshall said. “We’re young but good. Not a lot of our teammates played on the playoff team, but we know we have the players and skill to be back in that position.”
Homer said she’ll lean on Marshall and Steglich to be the team leaders since they both had spots in the rotation on last year’s tournament team.
“We’re in a really good region,” Steglich said. “We went pretty far last year, and we’ll need the same leadership to do it again.”
Along with Steglich, Cahoon and Marshall, the Tigers fill out their roster with juniors Morgan Huntsman, Taylor Anderson, Micaela Roberts, Ashlee Jackman, Kelsey Thomas, Milo Sefita, and Taylar Johnson; sophomore Kassadee Nelson; and freshmen Kylee Stevens, Holland Steglich, Lexy Lyons, Alexsa Christensen, and Jayden Langford.
Hurricane opens region play at Dixie on Tuesday, followed by home games against Uintah (Dec. 12) and Pine View (Dec. 16). The Tigers wrap up December with games against Enterprise, Richfield, Juan Diego, Manti, Juab and Stansbury.
Following the winter hiatus, Hurricane resumes region play at home against Snow Canyon on Jan. 6.
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