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‘Speed and quickness’ Panthers’ strengths

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(Staff photo by Erica Benson)
Glenbard North's Keenan Edwards looks for a pass during a drill at practice Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

At a glanceCOACH Joe Larson2011-12 RECORD 16-12 (9-5 in DuPage Valley Conference)FIRST GAME Nov. 19 at District 87 tournamentTOP PLAYERS Justin Jackson    jr.    G Chip Flanigan    jr.    F Ryan Storto    sr.    G Pasquale Fiduccia    jr.    G/F Brett Consitt    sr.    PG Harry Singh    sr.    G Keenan Edwards    sr.    G

30 Combined points per game a year ago by leading scorers Josh Fleming and Ryan Krueger, both of whom have since graduated. The leading returner for the Panthers in terms of points scored in 2011-12 is Chip Flanigan (7.2 ppg last winter).

WHAT TO WATCH Coming off a solid 2011-12 campaign, Glenbard North enters this season with only four players with vast varsity experience.

But after a successful summer, there is reason for optimism within the Panthers’ camp.

Leading the charge is junior guard Justin Jackson, who is currently wrapping up an outstanding season on the football field. Fellow junior Chip Flanigan will also be counted on heavily while senior Ryan Storto and junior Pasquale Fiduccia should see their roles increase.

Seniors Harry Singh and Keenan Edwards could also be a part of the rotation.

“We had a really good summer with this group,” head coach Joe Larson said. “Justin and Chip, even though they are juniors, are still the leaders on the team, having a lot of experience from last year. Now we have to find some guys to step up and play around them. There will be a lot of opportunities early in the season to see how things shake out.”

With a lot of their size lost, Glenbard North will rely more on speed and quickness.

“We want to definitely try to pressure some teams,” the coach said. “Get them to play faster than they want to play. We have to utilize our speed and quickness to our advantage.

“Rebounding, though, is something we definitely need to take care of. But I think we have some guys who can play bigger than their size.”

The Panthers will begin the season at the District 87 tournament against Glenbard East, Glenbard South and Glenbard West before opening the DuPage Valley Conference schedule. The league is once again expected to be competitive top to bottom.

“We’ve got Justin and Chip penciled in and after that, it will be the guys that step up,” Larson added. “By the time we get to our first conference game, we will be pretty steady with our rotation. It will just take some time.”

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