Girls Basketball

Talawanda looks to speed the game up during 2019-2020 stint

Talawanda's Sophie Pohlabel looks for a lane during a postseason contest against Lakota West at Lakota East last season. CHRIS VOGT/BCHSSReport.com

OXFORD — The Talawanda High girls basketball team hasn’t been shy of putting in the hard work during the off-season.

That hard work, mixed in with a little bit of quickness, could mean all the difference for the Brave, according to veteran coach Mary Jo Huismann.

Here’s a snapshot of this year’s Talawanda girls basketball program:

QUOTABLE: “I expect us to be much better this year,” Huismann said. “Many of the girls are returning. The freshman class coming in is strong, and I think by speeding up our game will help us on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Our senior leadership should help. … Our strongest asset is the great attitude the girls have and their willingness to work hard every day to become a stronger team.”

NOTABLES: Huismann is two wins shy of reaching the 700-win mark, having spent 46 years at Mother of Mercy. … Sophie Pohlabel and Kyra Koontz paced the Brave with both averaging 8 points a game as juniors. Koontz brought down 7.8 rebounds a game last season.

LAST SEASON: The Brave went 2-20 overall, with wins over Ross and Eaton.

2018-2019 POSTSEASON: Lost to Lakota West in the first round.

2019-2020 SEASON OPENER: At home against Monroe on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. FULL SCHEDULE HERE

RETURNING SENIOR STARTERS: Koontz, Pohlabel.

Talawanda’s Kyra Koontz dribbles the ball up court during a postseason contest against Lakota West at Lakota East a season ago. CHRIS VOGT/BCHSSReport.com

SUBMITTED ROSTER:

Sophie Pohlabel, senior

Kyra Koontz, senior

Jada Tegge, junior

Ava Wetzel, junior

Madison Croucher, sophomore

Rachel Dsuban, sophomore

Emma Martin, sophomore

Eva Motto, sophomore

Kim Barrett, freshman

Sydnee Berrymand, freshman

Kylee Fears, freshman

Hannah Hoblitzell, freshman

Hannah Kolb, freshman

Halee McDade, freshman

Kadence Morris, freshman

Kaelyn Wright, freshman

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