Nicole Stevens begins her third season at the helm of Buckeye Trail and there is good news for for the Lady Warriors.
Stevens says that the numbers and expectations are up and she has a solid core of starters returning to the court.
"Our outlook this year is very positive. This is a great group of hardworking young ladies who give 110 percent every time they step foot on the floor," Stevens said. "It is always important to get off to a good start and gain confidence. We have played well in our scrimmages so far and are looking forward to a great season. "
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PICTURED IS the 2013-14 Buckeye Trail girls basketball team. From left are Lexe Starr, Alison Sichina, Alexis Williams, head coach Nicole Stevens, Katie Larrick, Bayly Cross and Catie Smith.
The Warriors lose just one starter to graduation, Kayleigh Smith.
"One of the biggest changes for us this year as a program is we now have 18 girls that's a big change from the 13 or 14 we have had in the past. Last year, we were short handed and ended some of the JV games with 4 kids," Stevens said being able to sub a lot more this year will be one of our strengths. "This year we will be able to give our key players a well deserved break when we need to."
The Lady Warriors have three starters and two letter winners back from last year's club, three of whom are seniors.
"We are a well rounded team this year. We have experience in our starting 5 and on our bench," Stevens stated. "We have 3 senior leaders this year who each have their own job to do and they do them well. They will each be great role models for the younger kids in the program."
Starters returning include senior point guard Catie Smith, senior guard Allison Sichina and junior forward Katie Larrick.
"Senior point guard Catie Smith should reach school record books for assists career and in a single season," Stevens said.
Adding experience to the rotation will be senior forward/center Alexis Williams and sophomore forward/guard Bailey Cross both returning letterman.
"Those kids also possess great leadership skills," Buckeye Trail's coach related. "Coming off the bench we also have some varsity experience, and a couple of freshman who have stepped up to the challenge of working hard and continue to work hard to again those varsity spots."
Two freshman are considered key newcomers. They are guards Lexe Starr and Karlye Hensley. "Lexe and Karlye bring a lot of energy to the team," Stevens explained. "They are hard workers, and blend in very well with the upperclassman they both work hard on both ends of the floor."