Senior duo expected to lead RB
Hannah Claywell and Brittney JnoBaptiste lead a young Bulldog team
|Kaija Bole guards Stephanie Taccola as the Riverside Brookfield girls basketball team practices on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (Staff photo by Bill Ackerman)|
Riverside Brookfield coach Dallas Till refuses to call it a rebuilding year, but the Bulldogs certainly have a lot of new, young faces. Hannah Claywell and Brittney JnoBaptiste were contributors as juniors and will be expected to carry the team this year. RB could start as many as three sophomores, but the Bulldogs will go as far as Claywell and JnoBaptiste can take them.
“Those are the ones that are going to make the noise,” Till said. “Just get the ball in Hannah and Brittney’s hands as much as possible and let them do their thing. They’re pretty skilled.”
JnoBaptiste was used primarily as a power forward last season but worked on her jump shot in the offseason and expects to play on the perimeter more.
Point guards Caroline Waas, a junior, and sophomore Miranda Chavez, both varsity newcomers, will be asked to push the ball up the floor quickly in the up-tempo, transition style that Till wants.
Claywell will play point guard at times but will be used more as a shooting guard to give her more scoring opportunities. It’s still early practices, but Claywell has noticed things are different for herself and JnoBaptiste.
“It’s our year now,” Claywell said. “We get to take control. We get to control the pace of the game and help all the underclassmen out.”
The Bulldogs, which moved up to Class 4A this year, first play on Nov. 12 and will play four games in four days to open the season. After an early season tournament at Argo, RB will host a Thanksgiving tournament and a holiday tournament.
At a glance
COACH Dallas Till
2011-12 RECORD 19-10 (9-3 Metro Suburban)
Kaija Bole sr. C
Hannah Claywell sr. G
Janae Dabney so. F
Brittney JnoBaptiste sr. F
FIRST GAME 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at home vs. Addison Trail
Number of seniors RB lost from last year’s team
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