Head coach Dave Sherman returns two-three year starters and three-two year starters from a season ago. The Lady Falcons hope to build off last year’s season in which they finished 8-5 in the league play and 9-12 overall.
Head Coach Sherman will rely on Sr.’s Andrea Meals, Rachel Cullen and Mia Sherman to provide the leadership. Cullen a 5’3 point guard averaged 7.9 ppg and 5 rebounds per game last year. Meals who plays forward averaged 8.2 ppg. and close to 9.7 rebounds per game a season ago. Looking to help provide firepower from the outside will be Mia Sherman who averaged 5.9 ppg last year.
Jr.’s Meah Ielase and Baylee Blauser are solid athletes who have the ability to score and look to increase in their point and rebound production from a season ago. Ielase helped in the rebounding department last year as she averaged 6 caroms per game. Blauser averaged 7ppg. as a sophomore.
Sr., Paige Klinger lettered last year and looks to see plenty of playing time as well . Sherman will also rely on Soph., Avah Burke who can handle the ball and has the ability to stop and shoot any time. Burke had the best percentage from beyond the arc last year for the Lady Falcons at 44%.
The Lady Falcons are currently 4-5 and have struggled at times this season on the offensive end and against the better teams but hope to get things back on track the rest of the way. The Falcons are averaging 32 ppg. thus far, slightly down from a season ago. With that in mind, the Lady Falcons will look for their defense to pick up the rest of the season. “We have always been a good defensive team. We need to improve upon our offensive execution and become more efficient on that end of the floor, stated Sherman.
“Getting things started this season was difficult due to the segmented beginning, lack of scrimmages and reduced number of practices. It felt like we threw everything together and just started playing games. One advantage we had was that the girls are all familiar with the system we run. In spite of this fact, I would say that we are just now getting all the players on track and our timing down. I fully expect everything to “click” soon and for this group to put together a string of good performances and wins starting with our next few outings.
The Lady Falcons will continue action this week as they will face North Clarion at home on February 10th and will go on the road to take on Union on Feb. 12th and Clarion-Limestone on Saturday, February 13th.