By Mark Spillane
The Forsyth Girl Panthers hope this 12 months might be simply nearly as good as final 12 months after they gained 20 video games, together with two within the district match.
The Girl Panthers will return their prime participant, senior Scarlett Texeira, who earned First-Staff All-Convention honors final season.
“Scarlett is lengthy and athletic. [She’s] a fantastic shot blocker, good across the basket, but in addition has good contact from exterior. She continues to get stronger and higher annually defensively. She is a “gamer” and is ready to assist us in a number of classes night time in and night time out,” stated Head Coach Mandy Rogers.
Texeira averaged a team-leading 13.4 factors per sport final season.
A number of different seniors will be a part of Texeira as key items for Forsyth: guards Triniti Sullenger and Katrina Drake and ahead Meadow Mardis.
Sullenger chipped in 5 factors per sport final season.
“[Triniti] is a returning starter that can assist handle our group from a degree guard standpoint,” Rogers stated. “We can even want her to step up offensively and be extra aggressive.”
Mardis added 4.7 factors per sport for the Girl Panthers.
“Meadow is an effective put up participant with good fingers. [She] scores properly across the basket, [and] is an effective passer, rebounder and defender. [She] can even must step up this 12 months offensively and assist substitute some factors we misplaced to commencement,” Rogers stated.
Rogers says seniors Keelei Plummer, Morgan Blom, Breanna Grant, junior Landry Stuart, sophomores Kenzie Calhoun, Kloe Hendrickson and freshmen Savannah Koen and Belle Barrickman will all make a contribution this winter.
Regardless of so many choices, the Girl Panthers did lose three of their prime 4 scorers from final 12 months’s group. Rogers says they’ll make up for that by enjoying properly on the defensive finish.
“We should be very defensive minded and look to get stops which can hopefully create some offense for us. We hope to have a variety of depth and play a variety of youngsters, however we’ll struggle by means of some youth early and have to regulate to shedding over 50% of our scoring and rebounding from a 12 months in the past,” Rogers stated.
Forsyth begins the season at house versus Seymour on Nov. 23.