Punxsutawney Lady Chucks
Head coach: Mike Carlson
2019-20 Record: 19-5
Playoffs: Beat St. Marys, 54-38, in District 9 Class 4A title game; Lost to Central Valley, 59-56 in overtime, in PIAA Class 4A first round
Top returning players: Sarah Weaver (Sr., G, 14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.9 spg, 30 3-pointers; 2nd team All-District 9); Chloe Presloid (So., G, 8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.0 spg, 41 3-pointers, Shot 35 percent from 3-point range, District 9 Rookie of the Year), Riley Presloid (Sr, G, 13.5 ppg), Kierstin Riley (Jr., G, 4.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Katelyn Griebel (Sr., G. Returns this season after playing in just two games last year because of an injury; Avg. 3.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.4 apg as a sophomore). The Presloids are cousins. Chloe’s uncle, Dave Sherman, is the head coach of the A-C Valley girls.
Top players lost: Abby Gigliotti (4.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 10 blocks in 14 games playing with a knee injury most of the season), Ryley Casaday (6.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
Key newcomers: We have numerous freshmen that could impact our team. All five freshmen could help us with depth and play varsity minutes this year.
Keys to the season: We need to have the depth to play uptempo. We are small and quick. We need to be able to use that speed to our advantage. To do that, we need to be able to sub early and often.
Things your team is doing during the COVID-19 pause of winter sports: We have not met on zoom. I get a few messages out to the team each week. Hopefully, they are staying in shape. I have no idea what needs to be done to return to play. It’s crazy to think we can’t play a sport after school that kids are playing during school in gym class. Us playing this year is beyond our control and we need to be ready for everything.