Cochranton Lady Cardinals
Head coach: David Zamperini
2019-20 Record: 16-11
Playoffs: Beat Commodore Perry in D-10 Class 2A first round, 51-29; Beat Sharpsville in D-10 Class 2A quarterfinal, 66-30; Lost to Maplewood in D-10 Class 2A semifinal, 60-58; Lost to Cambridge Springs in D-10 Class 2A Third-Place game, 53-51; Lost to Redbank Valley in PIAA Class 2A First Round, 53-49
Top returning players: Riley Harvey G/F (Senior 8.5 ppg./8.7 rpg.), Lexie Moore G Senior (11.7 ppg./ 72 three’s last season/1st Team All Region player), Sarah Dean G (Senior 2 ppg.), Megan Heim G (Sophomore 5.7 ppg.)
Top players lost: Cat Miller F (8.8 ppg.), Jaidan Martinec G (12.1 ppg./62 three’s)
Key newcomers: Jaylin McGill – F- Junior- strong, tenacious rebounder and defender, runs the floor; Carly Richter – G – Junior- good outside shooter; Ella Gallo – G -Sophomore – incredibly fast, good defender, point guard; Chelsey Freyermuth – G/F – Sophomore, very intelligent player, knack for getting the rebound, excellent passer; Shelby McBryar – G – Freshman, talented offensive player, can shoot the ball.
Keys to the season: 1. Dominate the boards; 2. Play fast – run teams off the floor; 3. More efficient offense – got a lot of shots up last year but didn’t shoot a good percentage; 4. Tough, physical, disciplined full court press for 32 minutes
Things your team is doing during the COVID-19 pause of winter sports: We got one week of practice in before we were shut down. We had to wear masks while we practiced. The girls were amazing with this. They did what they needed to do to play. We send out group messages to the team encouraging them and staying positive. Two keys when we return: 1. have an attitude of gratitude. We lost several weeks of our season. If we come in ready to hit the ground running, stay coachable and put in the effort we will be fine. We need to remember that this is a privilege to play this game. And we cannot take it lightly. 2. Conditioning- we are behind the eight ball having been shut down since Thanksgiving.