Panthers return four starters
|Glenbard North's Kailey James looks to make a pass during practice Wednesday October 31, 2012. (Staff photo by Erica Benson)|
At a glance
COACH John Chamberlain
2011-12 RECORD 11-16 (6-8 in the DuPage Valley Conference)
Amy Falson sr. G
Kailey James sr. G
Teddi Govedarica sr. F
Katie Wisniewski sr. C
Caitlin Deegan jr. F
Laila Pickens jr. F
FIRST GAME Tuesday at home vs. Willowbrook
Points per game scored last season by four-year varsity player Brianna Harn, who was selected to the DVC all-conference teams in each of the past two seasons
WHAT TO WATCH
Plenty of positives abound for Glenbard North with four starters returning to the fold this season.
The only bad news, the Panthers must find a way to replace the production of the graduated Brianna Harn, the team’s leading scorer the past couple of years.
Helping to fill that void will be a quartet of seniors, three of whom — guard Amy Falson, forward Teddi Govedarica and center Katie Wisniewski — each averaged more than six points per game in 2011-12.
Wisniewski, who stands at 6-foot-4, was also the Panthers’ top rebounder with 6.7 boards per outing while Govedarica pulled down 5.4 rebounds.
Junior Laila Pickens will step into the starting line-up while the bench is also expected to be improved, with fellow junior Caitlin Deegan headlining that group.
“It’s the old cliché that everybody has to do a little bit more,” said coach John Chamberlain. “The thing I like about this group, being that Bri was far and away our superior player, I didn’t feel we could go deep into our bench (last year). We have a little more depth this season.”
A major focus will be on the defensive end of the court as well as taking care of the ball, especially against pressure.
“We talked about it, our defense can help make up for Bri’s points,” the coach said. “We are not the quickest team so we have to slow things down and break pressure. But I’m pretty comfortable with our guard play.”
The Panthers’ schedule will again be challenging, including the DuPage Valley Conference slate of action. Wheaton Warrenville South is the unquestioned favorite for the league crown.
“We will take it day by day,” Chamberlain said, “and see what we can do. We will take the challenges as they come.”
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