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2020-21 Otto-Eldred Girls’ Basketball Preview Powered by Potter County Family Campground

Otto-Eldred's Kayley Heller. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here

Otto-Eldred Lady Terrors

Head coach: Shawn Gray

2019-20 Record: 16-9

Playoffs: Beat Cameron County in D9 Class 1A quarterfinal, 54-41; Lost to Coudersport in D-9 Class 1A semifinal, 62-40; Lost to Elk County Catholic in D-9 Class 1A Third-Place Game, 46-41; Lost to Rochester in First Round of PIAA Class 1A championships, 69-40.

Top returning players: Kayley Heller  (Sr/F) 7 PPG, 7 RPG; Haley Cousins  (Sr/G) 6.4 PPG; Reilly Raught  (Sr/F) 6.5 PPG; Bri Heller  (So/F) 5.2 PPG, 6.7 RPG; Katie Sheeler  (So/G) 9.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.2 SPG, 3.2 APG; Morgan Dalton  (Sr/F) 4.2 PPG; Emmalee Sheeler  (Sr/G) 2.1 PPG

Top players lost: Jadelyn Spinney (7.3 ppg.)

Key newcomers: Anna Merry (So/G) – Anna had a good freshman year and got some quality varsity minutes later in the year last season. She can come off the bench and give us an offensive spark with her shooting and has the chance to start some games this season, as well.

Hannah Gordon (Jr/F) – Hannah is a great rebounder, defender and communicator on the floor. Has a knack for getting to balls others don’t get to and she can shoot it from the perimeter.

Suzie Rounsville (Jr/G) – Has improved her shooting and brings energy and an edginess on the defensive end.

Keys to the season: We have to be much more consistent offensively this season, especially when we get the ball in the paint and around the rim.  We have kids that can really score, but we have tended to miss some easy shots over the last two seasons, and that has negatively impacted other facets of the game. Maybe more important than that, we have to rebound much better than we did last year. We have good  size, but we must get more aggressive and nasty on the glass, if we want to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.

Things your team is doing during the COVID-19 pause of winter sports: During our break, we have kept in touch through our normal means and have offered up ideas and links to workouts for our players to use, trying to stay in as good of shape as possible, both mentally and physically. Our student-athletes have done a tremendous job of adhering to all protocols on and off the court, and that will have to continue and get even more stringent, if we are to get through the season. I couldn’t be prouder of how this team has come together and helped each other, especially over the last 9 months. They’re a great group of young ladies, and we just hope we get the opportunity to play this season.

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