Northwest Conference girls basketball previews


Spencerville’s Emma Leis, here defending a shot by Columbus Grove’s Angel Schneider, returns after being named first team All-Northwest Conference last season as a junior.

Spencerville’s Emma Leis, here defending a shot by Columbus Grove’s Angel Schneider, returns after being named first team All-Northwest Conference last season as a junior.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

Columbus Grove’s Kenzie King, here being defended by Spencerville’s Nelaya Burden, returns after being selected first team All-Northwest Conference and Putnam County League last season as a sophomore.

Columbus Grove’s Kenzie King, here being defended by Spencerville’s Nelaya Burden, returns after being selected first team All-Northwest Conference and Putnam County League last season as a sophomore.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

Bluffton’s Laykin Garmatter, here diving for a loose ball against Kenton’s Jenna Manns, received second team All-Northwest Conference recognition last season as a junior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Crestview’s Bailey Gregory (3), here battling Bluffton’s Kylie Stackhouse for a rebound, was named second team All-Northwest Conference last season as a junior.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Information provided by coaches and obtained from OHSAA and conference websites.

NWC

Ada

Division: IV

Coach: Morgan Bass (third season)

2019-20 overall record: 7-16

2019-20 conference record: 0-8 (ninth)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 55-14 to New Knoxville in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Miranda Wills (Sr.), Kylie Acheson (Sr.), Alexis Waugh (Sr.), Kirsten Poling (Jr.), Selena Jordan (Jr.), Courtney Sumner (Soph)

Others on varsity roster include: Olivia Burkhart (Fr.), Leona Dalton (Sr.), Mariah King (Fr.), Daicy Robinson (Fr.), Megan Light (Sr.)

Coach’s analysis: For the first time in two seasons we will have seniors. Nice to have some leadership from upperclassmen on the floor. However, losing Miranda Wills for the season due to an injury from a car accident really hurts us. Her intensity and leadership on the floor is special. We are hoping to see others step up and lead with a larger freshman class to hopefully take another step in the right direction with our building process.

Allen East

Division: III

Coach: Dana Koontz (seventh season)

2019-20 overall record: 5-18

2019-20 conference record: 1-7 (eighth)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 49-32 to Hicksville in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Emma Brinkman (Jr.), Kennedy Truex (Soph.), Emma Tobe (Soph.), Elle Richardson (Soph.), Alex Rodriguez (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster include: Savana Brooks (Fr.), Soraya Jackson (Fr.), Liz Schimmoeller (Jr.), Brooke Helser (Jr.), Miah Binkley (Fr.), Lexy Payne (Soph.), Belle Spencer (Soph.), Ashley Hawk (Fr.),

Coach’s analysis: We are a young team that will need to give consistent effort on both ends of the floor to be successful this season.

Bluffton

Division: IV

Coach: Eric Garmatter (10th season)

2019-20 overall record: 14-9

2019-20 conference record: 5-3 (tied for third)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 50-41 to Arlington in sectional finals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Laykin Garmatter (Sr.), Kylie Monday (Jr.), Kylie Stackhouse (Jr.), Haelyn Bischoff (Jr.), Sophie Bricker (Jr.), Riley Busch (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster include: Sami Scoles (Soph.), Riley Eachus (Soph.), Kendal Giesige (Soph.)

Columbus Grove

Division: IV

Coach: Brian Schroeder (eighth season)

2019-20 overall record: 20-4

2019-20 conference record: 8-0 (first) in NWC; 7-0 (first) in PCL

2020 postseason finish: Lost 41-32 in overtime to Kalida in district finals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Erin Downing (Sr.), Kenzie King (Jr.), Savanah Ridenour (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster include: Koryn Halker (Jr.), Jaylen Sautter (Soph.), Emma Renner (Jr.), Brynn Fortman (Soph.), Sage Clement (Soph.), Shay Schroeder (Soph.), Hanna Schroeder (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We lost four senior starters from last year’s team. Angel Schneider was our second leading scorer, Abby Gladwell was our best defender, and Sydney Witteborg and Addison Schafer gave us quality minutes off the bench. We will need to have multiple players step up on offense and defense as well as fill the leadership void left by these four seniors. In addition, this team will have to play with physicality and toughness to make up for its lack of size inside. As long as we continue to work hard and improve each week, we hope to compete in both leagues. Ottoville and Kalida appear to be the front-runners in the PCL. The NWC will be wide open as there are many teams that are capable of winning the championship.

Crestview

Division: IV

Coach: Mark Gregory (fifth season)

2019-20 overall record: 15-10

2019-20 conference record: 5-3 (tied for third)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 48-33 to Ottoville in district semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Bailey Gregory (Sr.), Kylie Etzler (Sr.), Olivia Cunningham (Sr.), Laci McCoy (Soph.), Raegan Hammons (Sr.), Breena Grace (Sr.), Brynn Putman (Jr.), Mandy Macki (Sr.), Emily Greulach (Jr.).

Others on varsity roster include: Adalynn Longstreth (Sr.), Cali Gregory (Fr.), Myia Etzler (Fr.), Macy Kulwicki (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: This is a really nice mixture of veterans and newbies. I am excited for these girls and is coaches. It has already been a trying year with three quarantines but our girls have taken each day and made the best of it.

Delphos Jefferson

Division: III

Coach: Denise Lindeman (second season; became interim varsity coach during 2019-20 season)

2019-20 overall record: 10-14

2019-20 conference record: 4-4 (sixth)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 62-31 to Liberty-Benton in sectional finals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Brooke Brinkman (Sr.), Mallory Bridges (Sr.), Kaylee Buzard (Sr.), Alycia Lindeman (Jr.), Josie McGue (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster include: Hannah Wiltsie (Soph.), Alyvia Lindeman (Fr.), Lauren French (Fr.)

Coach’s analysis: The Lady Wildcats return five letter winners and three starters from a competitive 19-20 season. We will rely on those players for their varsity expreience and their leadership on and off the court. We will use our speed and athleticism to set the tone for the upcoming season. This year’s Ladycats are an extremely hardworking and coachable group that have dedicated the offseason by improving on their skill development. As the coach of this team, I appreciate their effort, attitude and unselfishness. They play for each other and strive to improve each day.

Lincolnview

Division: IV

Coach: Kyle Williams (second season)

2019-20 overall record: 5-19

2019-20 conference record: 2-6 (seventh)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 48-30 to Ottoville in sectional finals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Kendall Bollenbacher (Jr.), Annie Mendenhall (Sr.), Zadria King (Jr.), Sami Sellers (Sr.), Makayla Jackman (Soph.), Annie Renner (Soph.), Heather Beair (Jr.), Carsyn Looser (Soph.)

Others on varsity roster include: Andi Webb (Jr.), Addysen Stevens (Fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a very young group this year with losing a few girls from last year’s squad, but I am very excited that we have a very ambitious group who are looking to compete. We have a lot of key returners including some of our top scorers from last year. This group of girls are fun to be around and fun to coach. They are improving at a rapid rate each day, and I believe we can compete with any team. As a team we need to continue to commit and buy into our system and our style of play. We need to continue to work on handling the pressure and ultimately put the ball in the hole as we have struggled offensively in the past. I believe we compete on the defensive end but we hit some dry spells on the offensive end. We need to be patient and let the game come to us. Our girls are buying into what we are doing at practice and are very attentive and want to get better. If we play solid, and do the little things, then we can compete with any team that we play. Also, we need to find ways to put the ball in the hole, I believe the style of play that we want to have this year will be very beneficial for our caliber team. I feel that the conference is going to be very talented from top to bottom again this year. I’ve always said, outside of the MAC, the NWC is an extremely competitive conference in terms of basketball. There are a lot of talented players, coaches and teams. I feel that if we play to the level that we can we could put ourselves in very good position to contend in the conference. Like I said we have a good group that wants to compete and give it their all.

Paulding

Division: III

Coach: Matthew Arellano (second season)

2019-20 overall record: 19-6

2019-20 conference record: 5-3 (tied for third)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 53-48 to Fairview in district semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Jalynn Parrett (Sr.), Leigha Egnor (Sr.), Sadie Estle (Sr.), Maggie Manz (Sr.), Janae Pease (Jr.), Audrey Giesige (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster: Claire Schweller (Jr.), Carlea Kuckuck (Soph.), Alivya Bakle (Jr.), Brooke Ankney (Jr.), Makayla Suffel (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We are returning several players from a successful 2019-20 season. The girls will continue to build on lessons learned and look to expand on their roles from last season. Defense will be our constant as we will attempt to be a force on that end of the floor. Speed, length and experience will all be considered strengths of this year’s squad.

Spencerville

Division: III

Coach: Greg Ekis (seventh season)

2019-20 overall record: 15-9

2019-20 conference record: 6-2 (second)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 62-49 to Fairview in sectional finals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Gillian Goecke (Sr.), Emma Leis (Sr.), Raigan Staup (Sr.), Lilyan Goecke (Jr.), Gabi Croft (Soph.), Kirsten Wurst (Soph.)

Others on varsity roster: Emme Prine (Jr.), Katherine Lee (Soph.), Sydney LeMar (Soph.), Claire Hoback (Soph.), Heidi Keller (Fr.), Chloe Orr (Jr.), Brooklyn Godsey (Jr.)

Coach’s analysis: This team is working very hard to play fast without turning the ball over. They have quite a bit of experience playing varsity basketball, and they will look to compete and play hard in every game they get the chance to play.

Spencerville’s Emma Leis, here defending a shot by Columbus Grove’s Angel Schneider, returns after being named first team All-Northwest Conference last season as a junior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_columbusgrovevsspencerville-3.jpgSpencerville’s Emma Leis, here defending a shot by Columbus Grove’s Angel Schneider, returns after being named first team All-Northwest Conference last season as a junior. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Columbus Grove’s Kenzie King, here being defended by Spencerville’s Nelaya Burden, returns after being selected first team All-Northwest Conference and Putnam County League last season as a sophomore.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_columbusgrovevsspencerville-5.jpgColumbus Grove’s Kenzie King, here being defended by Spencerville’s Nelaya Burden, returns after being selected first team All-Northwest Conference and Putnam County League last season as a sophomore. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Bluffton’s Laykin Garmatter, here diving for a loose ball against Kenton’s Jenna Manns, received second team All-Northwest Conference recognition last season as a junior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_Bluffton-vs-Kenton-RP-001.jpgBluffton’s Laykin Garmatter, here diving for a loose ball against Kenton’s Jenna Manns, received second team All-Northwest Conference recognition last season as a junior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Crestview’s Bailey Gregory (3), here battling Bluffton’s Kylie Stackhouse for a rebound, was named second team All-Northwest Conference last season as a junior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_Bluffton-Girls-BB-vs-Crestview-DS2-.jpgCrestview’s Bailey Gregory (3), here battling Bluffton’s Kylie Stackhouse for a rebound, was named second team All-Northwest Conference last season as a junior. Don Speck | The Lima News

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