Brockway Lady Rovers
Head coach: Dick Esposito
2019-20 Record: 12-11
Playoffs: Lost 39-22 to Ridgway in the District 9 Class 2A quarterfinals
Top returning players: Danielle Wood (Jr, G, 5-3, 11.8 ppg, Led teams in steals and assists per game last season and shot 68 percent from the free-throw line), Selena Buttery (Jr., F/C, 5-10; Third-team All-District as a sophomore, 11.0 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 5.1 bpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg, A good inside/outside player who is tough to guard), Ciara Morelli (Jr., F/G, Jr., 2.9 ppg, 3 rpg, Best defensive player on the team and usually will guard opponent’s toughest outside shooter. She will be counted on for more on the offensive side this year also but really tough on defense), Sara Rosman (Sr., Played in 20 games and scored 4 points last year; Solid defender, Will compete for a starting spot), Madelyn Schmader (So, G, Played in 21 games with 22 points as a freshman, Very fast and played a key role off the bench last season, Will compete for a starting spot), Nikki Baker (So, Played in 16 games with 10 points last year, Good rebounder, worked hard all summer long to improve. Will compete for a starting spot), Morgan Carnahan (Jr, C, 5-11, Played in 15 games and scored 3 points last season, Learning the game and will help with our height disadvantage when needed)
Top players lost: Morgan Lindemuth (8.9 ppg), Macie Smith (2.7 ppg)
Key newcomers: Lauren Rendos (Great defensive player and fastest player on the team, Will be a great help off the bench)
Keys to the season: Play tough defense and create turnovers to run our fast break. Our speed is a big asset but must get rebounds and turnovers to run. Pressure D also a big key in our system.
Things your team is doing during the COVID-19 pause of winter sports: We were affected and shut down the day before the governor shut us down. We have our 15 mandatory practices in, so, hopefully, we will be ready after the layoff. The kids are in touch with each other as well as our trainer to keep everyone in the best shape they can be once we return. I have stressed PATIENCE to the team since day one. Not knowing day to day our practice, game schedule changes, or whether we will play or not can be depressing for any team. So far my kids have handled it very well. We will be ready once, hopefully, we get the Green Light.