WINTERSVILLE - Coming into this season, everyone knows the strength of the Indian Creek girls' basketball team lies in the front court pairing of 6-foot-5 sophomore Bre Berryman and 6-3 junior Kiarra Kamarec.
''Our strengths are that we are young, athletic, and have size,'' Indian Creek coach Erin DeSantis said. ''We could pose issues with our post play. It's very difficult to match up against 6-3 and 6-5.''
The question mark is who will bring the ball up court to the Redskins' dynamic duo and take some pressure off with the outside shot?
That question may have been answered for DeSantis' squad with the arrivals of Buckeye Local junior transfer Brooke Mains and freshman Bethany Davis at guard.
''We are still very young, but with the addition of Brooke Mains and freshman Bethany Davis at the guard positions, we will have an easier time advancing the ball up the court,'' DeSantis said. ''We have been pleased with our progress and we have done fairly well in our scrimmages. We run the court pretty well and feel that once we get everyone healthy we will be able to compete.
''I know its early in the year, but we have very talented guards who can shoot, so this will benefit us because we won't have to rely on the post players to carry the load.''
Expected to round out the starting lineup for the Redskins is guard Kristen Shimko.
''Junior Kristen Shimko has worked hard in the off season and will be one of our top defenders,'' DeSantis said. ''As a freshman last year Briana Berryman was Eastern District Player of the Year, first team OVAC, District 5, and Buckeye 8. She was also named to the All-Valley team in addition to leading the valley in scoring, rebounds, and blocked shots. She averaged 25 points a game.
"Kiarra Kamarec was named second team OVAC as well as District 5 and Buckeye 8 Honorable Mention."
The Redskins boast a youthful squad that has no seniors with three juniors, three sophomores, and six freshmen.
''Half the team is comprised of freshmen so that is a positive thing, but we realize we have to be patient with them because they lack the experience,'' DeSantis said. ''Hopefully by midseason we will have gained confidence and experience. So, our weakness is we have a lack of experience, but we know that if these girls continue to work hard and begin to understand the system we can turn the weakness into a strength. We are very pleased with the girls, they are eager to learn and have great positive energy."
Sophomores Jenna Callahan and Paige Thompson are expected to contribute this season with freshmen Ashley Durbin, Tiffany Fante, Cassidy Ruckman, Alaina Taylor, and Oceana Agresta all looking to make an impact as well.
''We have been plagued with injuries with several of our freshmen and feel that once they are cleared to play that they will also give us some much needed depth,'' DeSantis said.