Lima Central Catholic, area Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball previews


Lima Central Catholic’s Olivia Stolly averaged 13.6 points a game last season.

Lima Central Catholic’s Olivia Stolly averaged 13.6 points a game last season.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic

Division: IV

Coach: Bill Taflinger (26th season overall)

2020-21 overall record: 9-15

2021 postseason finish: Lost 58-17 to Minster in sectional finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Allison Young (Sr.), Olivia Stolly (Jr.), Bridget Mulcahy (Jr.), Kiegh Macklin (Jr.)

Others that may start season on varsity roster: Anna Wannemacher (Jr.), Katie Cox (Jr.), Emily Morrisey (Soph.) , Aubrey Frankhauser (Fr.), Isona Moreno (Jr.), Teegan Helmig (Fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Returning one starter and two subs with varsity experience. Hoping to develop some chemistry and be able to compete every night.

MAC

Coldwater

Division: III

Coach: Amy Meyer (first season)

2020-21 overall record: 9-12

2020-21 conference record: 4-5 (tied for sixth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 52-22 to Ottawa-Glandorf in sectional finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Riley Rismiller (Jr.), Jenna Leugers (Jr.), Annelise Harlamert (Sr.), Becca Wenning (Soph.) , Madison Wendel (Soph.)

Others on varsity roster: Emma May (Soph.) , Claire Steinke (Soph.) , Kelci Siefring (Jr.), Natalie Ashbaugh (Jr.), Brooke Gerlach (Soph.), Haley Alig (Sr.), Grace Martinez (Sr.)

Coach’s analysis: The Coldwater Lady Cavaliers are looking to improve on their record from last year. The returning starters of Riley Rismiller and Annelise Harlamert should provide a good inside presence on the boards as well as a 1-2 scoring punch. The returning letter winners of Becca Wenning, Madison Wendel and Jenna Leugers should provide scoring, rebounding and guard play. Others in the mix to start or provide solid play off the bench include Claire Steinke, Emma May, Haley Alig, Kelci Siefring and Natalie Ashbaugh. The Lady Cavs are looking to build off all of the fall sports success by working hard and coming together as a team.

Delphos St. John’s

Division: IV

Coach: Nathan Stant (fifth season)

2020-21 overall record: 10-10

2020-21 conference record: 4-5 (tied for sixth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 49-48 to Leipsic in sectional semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Emma Will (Soph.) , Abby Kerner (Soph.)

Others on varsity roster: Melanie Gerdeman (Jr.), Melanie Mueller (Jr.), Kierstyn Klaus (Soph.) , Brooke Altenburger (Fr.), Emma Wiltsie (Fr.), Aubrey Milligan (Soph.) Madison Linder (Soph.) , Gracie Creque (Fr.), Aliah Ferguson (Fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a very young and inexperienced varsity team this season that is looking to grow and develop into a strong, competitive team who plays very hard and together at all times. The girls are excited for the challenge our schedule presents. Both in the MAC and non-league. We look forward to competing hard each night.

Fort Recovery

Division: IV

Coach: Holly Gann (third season)

2020-21 overall record: 16-7

2020-21 conference record: 6-3 (fourth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 50-32 to Minster in district semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Whitley Rammel (Sr.), Mara Pearson (Soph.), Grace Guggenbiller (Sr.)

Others on varsity roster: Elizabeth Alig (Jr.), Alexis Wendel (Jr.), Cali Wendel (Soph.), Kensey Gaerke (Soph.), Kennedy Muhlenkamp (Fr.), Maddy Guggenbiller (Jr.), Amalia Gimenez Martin (Jr.), Saige Leuthold (Soph.), Karli Niekamp (Fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Fort Recovery girls basketball has one returning starter and lots of potential. We will continue to work hard and learn/grow each and every day. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that process.

Marion Local

Division: IV

Coach: Beth Strieb (eighth season)

2020-21 overall record: 19-6

2020-21 conference record: 7-2 (tied for second)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 32-27 to New Knoxville in district semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Sammy Hoelscher (Sr.), Molly Winner (Sr.), Olivia DeMange (Sr.), Lindsey Koenig (Jr.), Stella Huelsman (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster: Hanna Rose (Jr.), Jenna Knapke (Jr.), Alli Everman (Jr.), Chloe Ronnebaum (Fr.), Avae Unrast (Fr.). Nora Eckstein (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We are returning a good core and will need to fill in the missing roles. We will have some versatility with players and have a good mix of inside and outside scoring threats. We need to continue to work defensively as a team and offensively to make good decisions. Rebounding both ends of the floor will also be a key and point of emphasis. We will work to get better every day and hopefully compete for a MAC championship and a good tournament run.

Minster

Division: IV

Coach: Mike Wiss (fifth season)

2020-21 overall record: 24-2

2020-21 conference record: 9-0 (first)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 47-36 to Fort Loramie in regional semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Elle Mescher (Sr.), Claire Lamm (Sr.), Corrine Meiring (Sr.), Jayden Clune (Sr.), Meghan Wiss (Sr.), Alyssa Niemeyer (Sr.)

Others on varsity roster: Kaycie Albers (Jr.), Katie McClurg (Jr.), Morgan Sparks (Jr.), Lyndi Hemmelgarn (Jr.), Kennedy Korte (Jr.), Chloe Thien (Jr.), Lilly Barhorst (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: Wildcats lost another outstanding group of eight young ladies from 2020-21 season. They carried the leadership of our team. They were part of 100 varsity wins in their four years. Return limited varsity experience (have to find our leaders). Development of our inside post game will be important to our team achievements. Experiences gained from deep tournament runs last several years hope to prove important. Depth is huge to our style of play.

New Bremen

Division: IV

Coach: Andy Timmerman (first season)

2020-21 overall record: 13-10

2020-21 conference record: 5-4 (fifth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 53-50 to Fort Recovery in sectional finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Kaylee Freund (Sr.), Chloe Bornhorst (Sr.), Riley Trentman (Sr.), Mallory Messick (Sr.), Ella Pape (Jr.), Abigale Powers (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster: Lily Lennartz (Sr.), Chloe Homan (Soph.) , Cherika Wooten (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a nice core group coming back from last season, led by five seniors. With this being my first year at New Bremen, the girls have adjusted well over the offseason and the first couple weeks of practice to the new system we are implementing. We are excited about the progress we are making and the girls are competing well. We are emphasizing to control the things we can control every day, which will include attitude, effort and communication. It is nice to have everyone back at practice now. and we are looking forward to having the time to add some things on both ends of the floor wih our first game not being until Nov. 30.

New Knoxville

Division: IV

Coach: Tim Hegemier (sixth season)

2020-21 overall record: 21-5

2020-21 conference record: 7-2 (tied for second)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 53-33 to Minster in district finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Ellie Gabe (Sr.), Haley Fledderjohann (Sr.), Carson Henschen (Sr.), Avery Henschen (Sr.), Melisa Waterman (Sr.) Rebecca Leffel (Sr.), Allison Topp (Jr.), Erica Weadock (Sr.)

Coach’s analysis: Since the long run in volleyball we are goint to take one day at a time adn try to have the girls hit their peak at the end of the season. Our goals every season is to win the MAC and have a great run in the postseason.

Parkway

Division: IV

Coach: Dan Williamson (third season)

2020-21 overall record: 9-13

2020-21 conference record: 1-8 (ninth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 57-41 to Marion Local in sectional finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Allison Hughes (Jr.), Emiree Knittle (Jr.), Audrey Nichols (Soph.), Gabrielle Stober (Jr.), Paige Williamson (Soph.)

Others on varsity roster: Dani Huff (Sr.), Frankie Steinbrunner (Soph.), Madison Louth (Soph.), Lexie Berry (Soph.), Adria Miller (Fr.), Cali Bollenbacher (Fr.), Katie Trisel (Soph.), Avery White (Soph.), Amanda Barrett (Fr.), Lani Sinning (Fr.).

Coach’s analysis: We have a talented group of girls coming back from last year’s team as well as some up-and-coming underclassmen. These girls play well together and are very unselfish. We return four starters and five letter winners from last season, so we are bringing back a lot of experience and playmaking from last year’s team. We hope this experience will help us win some of the close games we lost last season. We think that our biggest strength on offense will be our guard quickness and ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter. Hopefully our guards can get into the paint to create shots for themselves and for their teammates. We also feel like we have good post players that can score from the inside as well as control the boards. We feel we can mix in scoring from the perimeter with scoring from the paint to have a balanced offensive attack. Defensively, we want to mix in man-man defense and some zone in the halfcourt to make teams work to get shots, but we will also look to press and use our quickness to score some easy points.

St. Henry

Division: IV

Coach: Nathan Uhlenhake (first season)

2020-21 overall record: 2-18

2020-21 conference record: 0-9 (10th)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 52-9 to New Knoxville in sectional semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Mya Ontrop (Jr.), Jalynn Everman (Soph.), Claire Wendel (Sr.), Lydia Werling (Soph.), Lauren Beyke (Sr.), Rileigh Baumer (Soph.), Camryn Ahlers (Sr.), Ashley Ontrop (Sr.), Chloe Speck (Soph.), Danika Kremer (Jr.)

Also on varsity roster: Abby Buschur (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: As we approach the upcoming season, we’re looking to take a small step forward every day. We want to create an atmosphere in which we’re able to learn, grow and improve in every step of the way. We want to create a cohesive group that loves to play for each other and our community. These girls have been working extremely hard all offseason to prepare for the season. I’m excited for these young women to finally be able to take the court. I would like to give a shoutout to our training coach, coach Werling, for helping these young women improve all offseason. On the court defensively we want to make sure we’re making things difficult on the ball handler. We want to create turnovers and difficult shots that transition into scoring opportunities on the offensive end. We’re looking to improve our transitions, both offensively and defensively. Offensively we’re looking for our players to make decisions with the ball that create scoring opportunities for our team. I’m really excited to start the season with the group of coaches and players we have.

Lima Central Catholic’s Olivia Stolly averaged 13.6 points a game last season.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_Lima-Snior-Girls-Basketball-vs-LCC-DS9-2.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Olivia Stolly averaged 13.6 points a game last season. Don Speck | The Lima News

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