Girls' Basketball

Lions, Orange look strong in MVAC girls' basketball

Editor’s note: Coaching forms were not received from Crown Point, Indian Lake/Long Lake, Johnsburg and Minerva/Newcomb in time for the preview.

Elizabethtown-Lewis, Westport and Indian Lake/Long Lake battled for Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference supremacy all season long in 2011-12.

The Lions snuck past the Eagles to capture the MVAC’s Northern Division, while the Orange controlled the Southern Division title.

When it came to the Section VII Class D playoffs, however, the third-seeded Indian Lake/Long Lake knocked off both two-seeded Westport and top-seeded Elizabethtown-Lewis to capture the title.

The Orange and the Lions both return a large amount of players from last year’s teams, the Eagles, though, return just four players.

CHAZY

There are a lot of new faces with the Eagles this season. The team adds eight new players to its roster while head coach Liz Garrand takes over at the helm of the varsity squad.

Like the boys’ team, the girls’ finished with a 6-9 record last season and have already opened this season with a game. The Eagles lost to Seton Catholic in a non-league contest Tuesday with Allison Tatro and Andrea Meshefsky scoring four points apiece. With Tatro as the lone underclassman, the team has an abundance of juniors while Caitlin Kozak and Courtney Gilmore make up the two seniors.

The number of new players means the team will shake up the positions of some members which represent its own challenges, Garrand said. The team also looks to find a new scorer after losing 212 point-getter Olivia Seymour to graduation.

Players lost

Jori Cooper, Emily Favreau, Olivia Seymour, Katie Thibault, Katherin Tooke.

Players returning

Michaela Cahoon, Courtney Gilmore, Ashley Gilmore, Caitlin Kozak, Andrea Meshefsky.

Newcomers

Samantha Barcomb, Paige Garnot, Shelby Gonyo, Miranda Labelle, Christine Pilon, Brianna Rotella, Bailey Stalker, Allison Tatro.

ELIZABETHTOWN-LEWIS

The Lions had a fantastic 2011-12 season with an 18-3 record and MVAC North Division crown.

Elizabethtown-Lewis, though, fell to Indian Lake/Long Lake in the Section VII Class D championship game.

Good news for the Lions is that they are bringing back nearly their entire team from a season ago, including two MVAC All-Stars in Shonna Brooks and Lily Whalen.

Whalen led the way for Elizabethtown-Lewis a year ago with a 13.6 point-per-game average. Brooks was just behind with a 12.1 ppg, while Kearstin Ashline, who also returns, averaged 8.7 per game.

Players lost

Clare Harwood

Players Returning

Kearstin Ashline, Kylee Cassavaugh, Jen McGinn, Emily Morris, Angel Barnes, Lily Whalen, Savanah Graves, Shonna Brooks, Jasmin Barnes.

Newcomers

Crystal Grady, Julia Cox, Emma Disogra.

SCHROON LAKE

Play in the paint will be one of the team’s biggest strengths this season. Four seniors return for the Wildcats, including Lindsay Reynolds who had the second-most points last season.

Clare Whitney, Gabe Harvey and Abby Veverka are also expected to be big parts of the offense. Molly Wisser joins the team as the lone underclassman.

Players lost

Brianna DeZalia, Kiana Fiore, Kate Rose.

Players returning

Miranda DeZalia, Megan Hall, Gabe Harvey, Caitlyn Jarrell, Lindsay Reynolds, Abby Veverka, Clare Whitney.

Newcomers

Shannon Garland, Desiree Ianoue, Lexi Subra, Molly Wisser.

WILLSBORO

Similar to the boys’ team, the girls have only eight players as well. Leading scorer Hannah Bruno is gone, but Renee Marcotte is a welcome return who averaged nine points per game last season.

Kyli Swires and Amanda Mahoney make up another couple who had key roles to the Warrior offense in the past. Along with two of its three leading scorers back this season, Willsboro also has continuity. The squad has no newcomers this season.

Players lost

Hannah Bruno, Karen Buck, Serene Holland, Renee Provost.

Players returning

Kathryn Belzile, Stephanie Blanchard, Rachel Burt, Taylor Crowningshield, Amanda Mahoney, Renee Marcotte, Andrea O’Hara, Kyli Swires.

Newcomers

None.

WELLS

Eagerness and senior experience hope to make up for a team that lacks in height. Though leading scorers Karlie Tomlinson and Desiree Gallup are gone, the team returns Bobbi Jo Page, Chelsea Simon, Brittany Woodward and Samantha Zemken.

Of the returners, Woodward’s 55 points were the most while Page scored 49 points. Those two, along with Zemken, will make up a starting five that includes Kaeli Brenan and either Simon or Breanna Mayer.

Players lost

Desiree Gallup, Karlie Tomlinson, Macala Vrooman.

Players returning

Bobbi Jo Page, Chelsea Simon, Brittany Woodward, Samantha Zemken.

Newcomers

Kaeli Brenan, Alora Longenecker, Breanna Mayer, Veronica Stone.

WESTPORT

Eight players are gone from last year’s 15-3 team, but six joined the squad for this year. Junior Brendee Russell had 20 points and Sarah Loob contributed three points in the Eagles’ game of the Alzheimer’s Awareness tournament.

Newcomer Danielle Schwoebel had eight points in her debut. In addition to Looby and Russell, the team welcomes back junior Felicia Kurth and senior Ashley Quaglietta.

Players lost

Karin Dorsey, Emily French, Karlee Mcgee, Willa McKinley, Delaney Sears, Allison Sherman, Dorie Souris, Mallory Sudduth.

Players returning

Felicia Kurth, Sarah Looby, Brendee Russell, Ashley Quaglietta.

Newcomers

Courtney Burch, Sydney Mitchell, Emily Rascoe, Danielle Schwoebel, Megan Sudduth, Kerrigan Viens.

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