Flyers return nine letterwinners to court in 2012-13
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Chester Flyers girls' basketball team will be trying to improve on its 5-17 record from a year ago. There are 21 eighth-graders through seniors who are trying to earn a spot on the varsity squad.|
Nine of the players are returning letterwinners: senior Erica Weinand; juniors Erin Benson, Elena Borah, Brionna DeVries, Kenzie Alverson, Logan Miller and Rachel Reiff; and sophomores Sara Heyn and Bailley Schneider.
Ross Peterson is beginning his fourth year as the Flyers' head coach and will be counting on these five key returnees:
-- Benson averaged 13 points, four rebounds and two assists per game last season.
-- Borah scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds per contest last season.
-- Miller and Reiff each scored four points and grabbed five rebounds per tilt.
-- Heyn averaged four points per contest.
"We return everyone that played a contributing role at some point last season," Peterson said. "We return eight girls that saw significant action last season, and those girls now have to take the next step into being basketball players."
According to Peterson, the summer was very productive in that the girls were able to get into the gym, go to team camps and just play basketball as a team.
"Hopefully, that leads to everyone being able to handle any situation that comes up," he said.
Peterson's main concerns are rebounding and shooting.
"Rebounding is all about effort, and last season we struggled with getting the key rebound at the crucial moment in the game. We need to focus on getting stops in the half court and keeping our opponents from getting extra possessions," he said.
There were some games last season where it was a struggle for the Flyers to score.
"We have to get that corrected. Shooting is about confidence, and the girls need to understand that as soon as you step on the court, you have to be a threat to score and then knock those shots down," he said.
Peterson tabs Baltic and Parker as the teams to beat in the Big East Conference this season.
"Baltic has two of the top players in the state in Morgan Forsch and Allie Walter. Parker returns a good nucleus of players off their state tournament team and will be a tough matchup for anyone," he said.
He picks Oldham-Ramon-Rutland as the district favorite.
"They are defending district champions for two years now and until someone knocks them off, they get the nod," he said.
Jarrod Huntimer and Danelle Keninger will be assisting Peterson this season.
Chester opens the 2012-13 on the road as they go to Flandreau to face the Fliers on Tuesday. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
Dec. 6 at Deubrook (White), 6:30; Dec. 11 at Howard, 6:15; Dec. 14 Tri-Valley, 6:15; Dec. 15 vs. Castlewood at Flandreau, 2:45; Dec. 20 at Garretson, 6:15; Dec. 28 at Dell Rapids St. Mary, 6:15; Jan. 7 Oldham-Ramona-Rutland, 6:30; Jan. 10 Baltic, 6:30; Jan. 14 McCook Central/Montrose, 6:15; Jan. 17 Sioux Valley, 6:15; Jan. 21 at Colman-Egan, 6:15; Jan. 24-26 Big East Tournament, (TBA); Jan. 29 at Parker, 6:15; Feb. 5 at Alcester-Hudson (Alcester), 6:15; Feb. 8 Sioux Falls Christian, 6:15; Feb. 11 at Tea, 3:30; Feb. 14 Arlington, 6:30.
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