LaVille girls basketball preview

LAKEVILLE — LaVille’s girls basketball team possesses plenty of experienced post power.
How quickly the Lancers’ less seasoned guards mature will probably go a long way toward determining whether or not the team improves upon last year’s 8-12 finish.
“I expect us to play inside-out,” LaVille head coach Kevin McCullough said. “We have a lot of depth in the post. Teams are going to put pressure on us until we show we can handle it. Teams are going to try to do something to equalize our post play.”
Senior Jesse Feitz, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, led the Lancers in scoring last season and recorded several double-doubles in her junior campaign.
Another forward, 5-11 junior Katie Berger provides the Lancers with a potent inside-outside threat, while 5-11 junior Lynae Hostrawser bolsters LaVille in the paint.
Meanwhile, the Lancers must find a way to compensate for the graduation of point guard Elaine Schmeltz. Senior Zoe Bulick gives the Lancers a veteran presence in the backcourt Two young guards — 5-9 sophomore Hannah Herbster and freshman McKenzie Leed – join Bulick on the perimeter. Junior guard/forward Amanda Carbiener adds depth at multiple spots.
“We’ve got some growing pains,” McCullough said. “We’re in a spot where we’ve got some younger players handling the ball. Zoe’s a senior, and I’ve got nothing but praise for her. (Leed) and (Herbster) are inexperienced and they’re learning.
“Amanda, one of our post players, is out there handling the ball, too,” he added. “It’s not easy at all. There’s about 10 different things that you have to learn at each position.”
Juniors Heather Dorn, Sydney Cannon, Kyla Coblentz, and sophomores Kyleigh Breeden and Kelsey Gurtner complete the LaVille roster.
So far, the Lancers sport a 0-2 record, losing by 15 points to Marian in the opener and six to Concord Saturday after leading most of the way.
“I felt like Marian was better than us,” McCullough said. “We were more than capable of winning (Saturday). We got a lot better from Marian to Concord. We’ve got to get enough better to finish that game.”