Young players crucial to Tigers’ success

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

HOWARDS GROVE – The younger team members will play a key role in the success of the Howards Grove Tigers during the 2014- 15 girls basketball season.

Head coach Heidi Georgeff welcomes five returning letter winners but her squad is young overall with six sophomores and only three seniors. The roster includes several players from last year’s strong junior varsity team which finished 21-1.

“We are young. Our roster includes only five players with varsity experience. We will be athletic and our overall mentality is highly competitive, so that combination is going to be helpful in making up for the lack of varsity experience,” said Georgeff who’s in her eighth season directing the Tigers.

“We are always optimistic for a successful season. Our strength is speed and athleticism.”

The Tigers are coming off a 12-12 season, including third in the Central Lakeshore Conference at 9-5.

“Our main weakness right now is our overall lack of discipline. We like to play fast but we need to find a way to play controlled basketball. We also need to find a consistent scorer,” said the coach.

Georgeff pointed out the keys for the team to have success:

“Figuring out our roles, young kids stepping up, consistency, discipline on both sides of the ball and working every day on our team defense,” she said.

The Tigers’ group of returning letter winners is headed by sophomore guard Brittany Schaller, an All-CLC honorable-mention pick last season. Schaller averaged a team-high 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a freshman. She ranked fourth in the CLC in assists with a 2.9 average.

The other letter winners back are senior guard Morgan Edge, sophomore guard/forward Olivia Stauss, senior forward Lyndsay Peterson and senior guard Sarah Lillesand. Edge and Schaller were full-time starters last season and the other letter winners were part-time starters.

The Tigers lost last season’s top scorer to graduation in forward Taylor Beninghaus who was selected All-CLC first team.

“I think balance will be a strength for us,” said the coach.

“We have a strong 8-9-player rotation and several different kinds of players who do different things well. We can mix up our lineups, depending on who we are playing.”

Georgeff expects Edge, Schaller, Peterson and Stauss to lead the squad as the season unfolds. The coach thinks sophomores Sam Yancy, Kaitlynn Near, Taylor Bubolz and Addi Gerber can make an immediate impact.

Sheboygan Christian, which finished second in the CLC last season, is Georgeff’s pick as the favorite to win the league title. She thinks defending champion Oostburg and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah will con- tend for first, and hopes her team will be in the mix.

Her top goals are to win the CLC crown and get better each game.

HOWARDS GROVE GIRLS
BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Varsity/JV
Nov. 18 – @ St. Mary’s Springs
Nov. 21 – @ Cedar Grove
Nov. 25 – Elkhart Lake, here
Dec. 4 – @ Ozaukee
Dec. 8 – @ Kiel
Dec. 12 – Oostburg, here
Dec. 18 – @ Sheboygan Christian
Dec. 22 – Random Lake, here
Dec. 26 – @ Sheb. South Tourney
Dec. 27 – @ Sheb. South Tourney
Jan. 3 – New Holstein, here
Jan. 9 – @ Sheboygan Lutheran
Jan. 13 – @ Valders
Jan. 17 – Sheboygan Falls, here
Jan. 20 – Cedar Grove, here
Jan. 23 – @ Elkhart Lake
Jan. 29 – Ozaukee, here

Jan. 31 – Plymouth, here
Feb. 3 – @ Oostburg
Feb. 6 – Sheboygan Christian, here
Feb. 12 – @ Random Lake
Feb. 17 – Sheboygan Lutheran, here
HOWARDS GROVE VARSITY
GIRLS BASKETBALL ROSTER
Name Gr. Ht. Pos.
Morgan Edge 12 5-4 PG
Lyndsay Peterson 12 5-8 F/G
Sarah Lillesand 12 5-6 G
Zyta Mueller 11 5-6 G
Ali Davis 11 5-9 F
Alyssa Herwig 11 5-7 F
Brittany Schaller 10 5-4 G
Olivia Stauss 10 5-6 G/F
Sam Yancy 10 6-0 F
Taylor Bubolz 10 5-10 F
Addi Gerber 10 5-8 F/G
Kaitlynn Near 10 5-7 F/G


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