2017-11-22 / Sports

MCS girls’ team looks to build on strong season

Despite graduations, team has strong returning players
By Brian Sweeney

Coach Kyle Holden’s club returns three players from last year’s squad that wound up a very successful campaign with a 13-8 record.

Junior Kayla Petry started at shooting guard last season and Coach Holden recalled. “Kayla had some big moments for us as a sophomore.”

Other returning players are seniors guard Mackenzie Day, a guard, and forward Kaitlin Garcia.

“We will lean on Mackenzie and Kaitlin’s experience from last season to help ease the transition for our new players. Both girls are hard workers and bring defensive intensity,” the Blue Devils’ coach stated.

Senior Luca Rowe is returning to basketball after several years and is expected to see time in the post area.

“What she lacks in experience she makes up for in enthusiasm as she learns the varsity game,” noted Coach Holden.

Guards are back

At the guard position, Junior Ithamar Silva brings ball handling skills and scoring ability to the team and she sees the floor well.

Alongside Silva will be sophomore Paige Credaroli who will serve as the team’s primary ballhandler.

“Paige has gotten much stronger since last season and is excellent at getting her teammates open looks,” the MCS coach pointed out.

On the wings, Juniors Victoria Marin and Denali Finkle are both very solid players.

Coach Holden commented, “Vickie is a lockdown defender with ability to drive to the rim, while Denali brings strong rebounding, solid passing skills and an effective scoring touch around the rim.”

Sophomores Taylor Stake and Kansas Shamro are being looked upon to control the paint area for the Blue Devils this season.

“Taylor is a very strong inside player, as she can finish around the rim, control the boards and get us going in transition. Kansas is just an amazing athlete. She rebounds well, runs the floor like a guard and is an outstanding defender,” he explained.

Looking forward to another competitive campaign, Coach Holden noted, “Although we lost a great deal to graduation last year, I feel like we reloaded. This is not a rebuilding year as many people might think.”

He continued, “Under Coach Justin Hamm, our JV won 14 games and played in some really big games. Once this group adapts to the speed aspect of varsity basketball, this group will give themselves every opportunity to be successful and win some games for Margaretville. More than anything, they get along well and are focused on being successful as a team. You’ve gotta love that!”

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