Bremen girls basketball preview

BREMEN — A team’s foundation is nearly always its senior class, and this year’s Bremen Lady Lions is no exception.
The Lions return a cast of four seniors in 5-10 forward Jenna Pfeiffer, 5-7 guard/ forward Kailee Feldman, 5-3 senior guard Shayna Graverson and 5-7 senior Allison Shorter as they get started on their 2011-12 campaign.
“Those four girls are going to be the backbone of our team this season,” said Bremen assistant coach Bob Holmes, filling in for 22-year Lady Lions skipper Marty Huber, who was engaged in personal business at the time of this interview. “They’ve worked very hard in the offseason, and we’re looking forward to an outstanding season this year with those girls.”
Rejoining those returners are 6-foot junior Brooke Baker, 5-7 junior Jenessa Morris and 5-9 junior Brooke Snyder.
New to the team this year are 5-7 junior Megan Stouder, 5-6 sophomore Sara Slabaugh and 5-10 sophomore Cassier Sears.
The Lions lost more than half their points in a trio of 2011 graduates in Lerin Studt, Brittney Pittman and Hope Jordan, but with decent team size and strong post play in particular in Pfeiffer and Baker as well as decent team shooting, Bremen expects to have some inside-out balance as younger players mature over the course of the year.
“I think our post play is very good,” said Holmes. “Jenna Pfeiffer and Brooke Baker, those two girls have been in there the last couple years for us. I think we’ve got an outstanding senior scorer in Kailee Feldman. We’re very versatile on the court. We have the ability to score from the outside and play well in the post.”
But it’s not offense that has the team concerned.
Bremen is off to an 0-4 start with losses to Tippecanoe Valley and Goshen last week and North Judson and NorthWood this week. Of those games, the Lions have held opponents to under 50 points just once — a 49-40 overtime loss to Judson Tuesday — and the team is looking to improve its defense as it looks to improve on last season’s 8-12 finish.
“We’re going to have to defend,” Holmes said. “That’s what it’s going to boil down to for us, is to play good defense.”