Emma Johns drives in for a layup.
Photo by Holly Mead Photography
The 2020-2021Karns City Girls basketball team looks to rebuild from a 7-15 record from a season ago. To improve upon that record, coach Andreassi will rely on his underclassman as there are no seniors on this year’s squad.
The Gremlins return three starters from last year’s squad which should help them experience wise. The strength of this year’s team is that a core of the girls have three years of experience at the varsity level. Emma Johns led the team in scoring last year with a 12 point per game average and will be looked upon to carry the load again this year offensively. Other returning starters include Jr., Rossi McMillen (5 ppg.) and Alyson Fennell (2 ppg). Returning letter winners Jr., Brooke Manuel and Jr., Abby Callihan will also help bring experience to the 2020-2021 campaign.
Key newcomers looking to get experience in coach Andreassi’s system include Jr., Julia Andreassi and sophomores Emma Daily and McKenna McMillen.
Coach Andreassi likes his teams work ethic thus far. The Gremlins are currently 11-5. “The girls have worked hard at increasing their overall skill level, but as a team we need to be a better defensive team first. We have been a much improved team from the two previous seasons and that is due to the girls overall knowledge of the game and increased skill level.”
Due to Covid, like all teams the Gremlins have been forced to play a lot of games in a short amount of time. To maintain success and keep his players healthy Andreassi adheres to a shorter practice schedule to preserve their legs. “To continue to be successful I think it is important for the girls to maintain a high confidence level.”