Returners give Rams hope for improved season
Glenbard East looks to step forward after one-win season
|KJ Nelson puts defensive pressure on sophomore Allison Hansen as she looks to pass during Glenbard East varsity girls basketball practice on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (Staff photo by Bill Ackerman)|
On paper it looks like Don Finnie has a tough job to turn around the Glenbard East girls basketball program after just one win last season. However, with eight returners and a mix of youth and experience, Finnie is optimistic that the Rams can make major strides forward.
“I know we’re going to compete,” Finnie said. “That’s the main thing that the kids give the effort and build the confidence.”
Finnie expects all 12 players to see game time on a regular basis, but Teaira Miller is going to be a major key to the team. Miller, a senior point guard, picked up a knee injury in the season-opening tournament last year and missed the rest of the season and the summer. Her return will be a welcome stabilizer to the Rams while they adjust to a new motion offense under Finnie.
“She’s key to running the program and running the offense,” Finnie said. “She’s come back and she’s come back strong. She’s really understanding the offense and running it well in practice.”
Miller and two other seniors, Sam Symonds and Madison Joiner, will provide the experience for the Rams. Sophomores Allison Hansen and Rachael Leifheit started as freshmen and their improvement could set the tone for the season.
Finnie is the third Rams coach in three years, but has been coaching girls basketball at the school for more than 10 years.
At a glance
COACH Don Finnie
2011-12 RECORD 1-26 (0-14 DuPage Valley)
Allison Hansen so. F
Madison Joiner sr. F
Rachael Leifheit so. F
Teaira Miller sr. G
Sam Symonds sr. F
FIRST GAME 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Elgin
Varsity returners for the Rams this season
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