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Lady Lions building off summer success

Elizabeth Geuther gets a block on a shot by teammate Erin Bennett in LaMoille/Ohio’s practice Thursday. The Lady Lions  open Tuesday at Princeton.
Elizabeth Geuther gets a block on a shot by teammate Erin Bennett in LaMoille/Ohio’s practice Thursday. The Lady Lions open Tuesday at Princeton.

LAMOILLE — The LaMoille/Ohio Lady Lions enter the new basketball season looking to build from the success they had in the summer league.

Head coach Dick Gross will be joined by a new assistant coach Adam Spencer and senior scoring leader Shiela Browning, Myrah Graham and newcomer Vanessa Martinez. There are also five juniors in camp including Samantha Martinez, Kaitlyn Hughes, Elizabeth Geuther, Alissa Schrader and Erin Bennett.

“This summer we did our summer league basketball and went to Princeton and Bureau Valley and we were 7-1. We did very good, but since then we’ve lost three girls that were part of that team. They just did not come back for different reasons,” Gross said. “I was very optimistic because of the girls that we had coming back, and I still am. We’re going to have to bring up a freshman, Jasmine Kahly. She’ll play some varsity basketball.

“So, our numbers are just a little bit shorter than I expected that they would be. But, we’ll do fine. We’ve got some height, we’ve got a lot of speed and the practices have been going very well.”

Browning (11.5 ppg), a 2012-13 All-BCR First Team selection, was the team’s scoring leader last season and looks to continue her success.

Hughes led the Little Ten Conference in rebounding and the Martinez sisters are expected to do well. The 6-1 Geuther will be the Lady Lions center. Bennett and Schrader will fill out the squad at forward and Kahly will play guard. Freshman Paige Conners will also dress for varsity.

The Lady Lions had an injury plagued season a year ago. Gross said Schrader has to be medically cleared to play from a concussion she received last year while Hughes is recovering as well from her ACL injury last season. Gross said the rest of the team is healthy.

“We’ve had a week and one day of practices and so far, so good. That’s one thing we’ve got to try to avoid is the injury bug. We cannot afford to lose any more kids,” he said.

The Lady Lions will kick off their 2013-14 hoops campaign at the Princeton Holiday Tournament Tuesday against the host Tigresses.

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