Corry Lady Beavers
Head coach: Rob Elchynski
2019-20 Record: 2-21
Top returning players: Rachel Brady – F – 11th – 5.3ppg – 3.8 rpg – Led Team with 26 free throws (tied with Riedel); Tayler Elchynski – G – 10th – 4.7 ppg – 2.5 apg – 1.6 spg – led team with 17 3pt FG; Miranda Nickerson – F – 11th – 3.7ppg – 5.6 rpg – Led team with 33 2pt FG; Skylar Riedel – G – 11th – 2.7ppg – 1.8 apg,- 1.4 spg – 26 free throws made; Lexy Hasbrouck – G – 11th – 1.6 ppg – 1.2 spg; Morgan Garvin – G – 12th –
Top players lost: Tessa Graham – Forward, 4.1ppg, county all-star game selection; Lexi Frisina – Junior – Injury – Out for season – Guard/Forward – Leading scorer – Played all 23 games – Top Defender
Key newcomers: Kiran Bugbee – G – 11th (out all last year with injury); Kaylee Pierson – F – 11th; Haylee Dyne – F – 11th; Ashlynn Church Jackson – G – 10th
Keys to the season: At his point in our development, our region is going to be a challenge. It was already a tough region and adding McDowell and Erie didn’t make it any easier. In our region, we need to not be intimidated and believe that we can have success. In non-region we need to be competitive with everyone.
1. Stay Healthy – obviously from COVID-19. But just in general. Last year we only had two players available for every game. And one of those was Lexi Frisina, who is out this year recovering from ACL surgery. We have 17 girls and that is a good number to have 9-10 on both JV and Varsity with a couple playing both. If we lose a couple players it puts us in a tough situation.
2. Compete – The girls need to believe in themselves and their abilities and expect to win. It will be a challenge early learning a new system but they are picking things up quickly. This group has been successful at other levels. We need to build that confidence back into them and carry it over to the varsity level. We need to push each other in practice to get better and we have to be willing to go to battle every game night.
3. Build Momentum – Have the girls fall in love with the game again. COVID has made this a very hard situation on the girls mentally and emotionally. Basketball (and all sports) is a great way for students to have some normalcy. As we go through the season we need to keep improving and building momentum one skill at a time. As the girls get comfortable in the new system and we continue to improve, we should look like a completely different team in February.
Things your team is doing during the COVID-19 pause of winter sports: COVID-19, It has made it a challenge to do a lot of preseason conditioning. Limited player access prior to start of season. Being a new coach, there is a lot of new plays, philosophies and strategies to implement. Offensively, we will look a little different. We need to score 40 points per game. That requires us to get up good shots quickly. Defensively we will do a lot of the same things as last year.