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Ball Handling, Shooting Key For Cadets Girls

Hall’s club is guard-oriented

November 27, 2012
dsp By JOSH STROPE , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - It's becoming a common theme at Linsly - a ton of youth and a lack of size.

This season will be no different.

Last season the Cadets persevered, earning a spot in the OVAC Tournament.

This Linsly team will be somewhat different with a squad featuring mostly guards and two big losses in point guard Carolyn Tolbert and leading scorer Damonique Patterson.

''This year, with the offense that we are running, we are athletic and we are quick,'' Coach Erica Hall said as she enters her sixth season at the helm.

''We scrimmaged Beallsville and they were bigger. We made them man the whole time and did surprisingly well. Just seeing that, with us running the floor and a lot of excitement on offense, we are going to be OK.''

One of the players Hall will count on to lead the team is J.J. Jackson, who is moving to point guard.

Jackson burst onto the scene in her sophomore season, averaging 12 points per game at shooting guard.

Jackson is a returning starter, along with Emma Cecil and Krista Emch.

Miriam Nwachukwu suffered a season-ending knee injury last season, but returns at 100 percent for her senior campaign. It's a good thing, too, because she is the Cadets' tallest player at 5-foot-9.

''With Miriam back to 100 percent, that should be a big lift for us,'' Hall said. ''We are looking upon our three seniors to lead us.''

Also cracking the starting lineup will be freshman Morgan Brunner.

''She brings a lot of experience and is very confident,'' Hall said. ''She is one of our best shooters and is such a hard-worker, day in and day out. She wants to be the best and work the hardest and she really pushes everyone.

''She is a freshman coming in and a lot of times, at the high school level, I don't see that much of a difference from your freshmen and your seniors.''

The first player off the bench will be sophomore Abby Petho. Other returning players include returning letterwinner junior Ava Tennant, as well as junior Rosey Raths, and sophomores Michaela Redford and Pris Wright.

''The only thing I am worried about is injuries, but you worry about that every year,'' Hall said. ''I think just talking about our first six, very athletic and quick and are team players. They are really enjoying the offense, and I think that is going to be a benefit for us this year.

''They have been fun to coach.''

To make up for its lack of size, Linsly will be moving to a motion-based attack.

''Just give them a little bit more freedom, especially with Morgan and Emma who are good shooters,'' Hall said. ''Krista, in the past has had to play as kind of a second post, but since we have so many guards, it makes sense to run an offense that puts emphasis on shooting and handling the ball.

''With Miriam in the post, she is athletic and runs down the floor, and this will give us an advantage.''

Hall is assisted by Carrie Ochap and Rebekah Newell.

 
 

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