Troy girls’ basketball lost enough seniors to field a starting line up, but is still returning some really key players.
“We lost five seniors from last year’s team who were a big part of our program. We return three players that have had significant varsity minutes and have added seven girls with little to no experience at the varsity level,” head coach Damond Lacy said. Even though there may be some less-experienced players that will be expected to play big minutes, Lacy said that it should be cause for excitement rather than concern.
“The exciting part is how much room we have to grow and how high our ceiling for improvement is over the course of the year. We make take some lumps early, but once we have some time playing together we will put a pretty tough team on the court,” Lacy said.
The three key players that are returning will have a lot of responsibility this year, as they performed so well last season.
“We return two of our top three leading scorers: junior Makenna DeClue who was 1st team All-Conference last year; and senior Olivia Mennemeyer. We expect them to both have big years with the work they have put in this off-season,” Lacy said.
He also pointed out some players to keep an eye on this year that he expects to step up and shoulder some of the responsibility that the five seniors carried last season. Some of these players got a lot of varsity minutes last season and some might not have had quite as many, but Lacy pointed out exactly where he think they’ll fit into the team.
“Players to watch who had varsity time last year are: sophomore Maggie Illig, who started a handful of games last year and is one of our better shooters; junior Morgan Shields who will play a big role on the defensive end and brings toughness to our team; senior Mak Caldwell – an athletic post player who should have a great senior year; and sophomore Gabi Cook, who improved as a shooter and will provide needed depth on our team,” Lacy said. The girls basketball season tips off with a jamboree at Liberty on Wednesday, Nov. 20.