CLAYTON — Northmont’s varsity girls basketball team will open the 2016-2017 season Friday at Butler. This year’s team will be anchored by returning players MaKayla Cooper, Jenna Hoschouer, Anna Mangen, Antonette Dorsey, Erin Mangen, and Shalaya Heath.
Erin Mangen, a 5-foot, 8-inch senior guard, earned 2nd Team Central Division last year while younger sister, junior Anna Mangen, also a 5-foot, 8-inch guard and 5-foot, 10-inch sophomore forward Shalaya Heath both earned special mention.
The Lady Bolts lost their leading scorer, Denissa Sly (8.9 points per game) to graduation.
Last year Northmont finished 4-6 in conference play and 10-12 overall. The team has some new faces this year that could help the Lady Bolts improve upon last year’s record.
Two freshmen, DJ Shepherd and Gabby Kline, and junior Salena Roberts will also play key roles on the team this year, according to Coach Bethany Kincer.
“Those three will definitely play a key role for us this year,” Kincer said. “Roberts is definitely a scoring threat from the outside. Shepherd has a great drive and will be a threat taking the ball to the hole and Kline gives us another presence in the post and does a great job cleaning up the rebounds. Erin and Anna Mangen are both scoring threats from the outside as well as Jenna Hoschouer.”
Shalaya Heath, Kline and Haley Jones will see action at center with Shepherd, Erin Mangen and Kline playing forward while Cooper, Hoschouer, Dorsey, Roberts, Anna Mangen, Hannah Dranschak, Wafaa Hamdi, and Maddie Auxier will rotate the guard duties.
Kincer feels Butler will prove to be a worthy opponent for the Lady Bolts opener.
“Butler always plays hard and they came out last year and beat us in our first game at The Thunderdome, so that is definitely something on the minds of our returning players who would like to come out and take that victory back,” Kincer stated. “Overall, I am really excited about our team. The girls are really meshing and playing really well together. They are making that extra pass on offense. No matter who is scoring at the time this group plays as a team. Defensively we are helping each other out. We are just really starting to mesh, working hard and playing well together.”