SPRING VALLEY — If there’s one thing the six senior members of the Hall Lady Devils basketball team know about, it’s winning.
The senior class has seen the Hall program win three straight regional titles and two straight conference championships, and they want to keep the ball rolling.
“We are super excited for this upcoming season. As a group, we all hope to just keep winning games and making our senior season one to remember,” senior point guard Tori Bogatitus said.
“The more games we win come postseason time, the longer our season is, and we wish to extend it as long as we can. The program as a whole the past few years has had a ton of success. We definitely hope to keep that going on all levels, which I believe we can.”
“I know they’re eager to get the season going and see what kind of mark they can leave on this program,” Hall coach Brian Holman said of his seniors.
The Hall coach said the first week of practice went well, and since they have five of their top six leading scorers back, they should be able to hit the floor running.
“Hopefully that (experience) will pay off at the beginning of the season,” he said. “We’re hoping they can take the next step in their development of basketball skills and mentality. If we can get that to happen, I think we have a chance at being a tough team.
“Right now we’re just drilling the basics and trying to reach the level we’ve been at the last couple of years.”
While the Lady Devils lost last year’s team leader, Madi Soldati, to graduation, they bring back a wealth of talent from a team that went 23-7, won the Three Rivers East, and reached the sectional finals.
The one who holds everything together for the Lady Devils is Bogatitus.
“Tori has been awesome the last year plus running the point and directing our team,” he said. “She’s become the unquestioned leader and captain of this group.”
Holman said the Lady Devils will look to junior Hanah Hart (5-9 F), senior Gabby Englehaupt (5-6 F) and sophomore Jaclyn Cinotte (5-4 G) to do some scoring, but hopes to have “quite a few options that can pitch in.”
Hart (12.7 ppg) and Englehaupt (8.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg) were Second Team All-BCR picks while Bogatitus (4.5 assists, 2.5 steals), and 5-11 senior post Janessa Hart (4.5 ppg/4.3 rpg) were Third Team All-BCR picks.
Janessa Hart is going to be counted on to be a force inside this season.
“We’re hoping for big things from Janessa,” he said. “She had an outstanding summer, and she’s worked hard to turn herself into a really good basketball player.”
Holman said juniors Rachael Kobold (5-6 F) and Hunter Jones (5-11 C) have looked good early on.
Senior Jenna Parente (5-1), Taryn Trevier (5-0) and junior Tea Cattani (5-3) will contribute at the guard position.
Zoe Morris and Gia Pozzi, a pair of 5-7 sophomore forwards, have been pulled up to the varsity ranks, and should add some shooting and defensive prowess when needed, Holman said.
“They’ve both been in big games already in their high school careers and should fit right in,” Holman added.
Holman said goals remain the same every year,”try to continue to work hard, compete in every game we play, and give ourselves a chance to win as many games as possible,” he said.
• Notes: Senior Kaleigh Shikulski had her second ACL surgery and will be sidelined to start the year. Holman is hopeful she can make it back the second half and provide a “little offensive boost.”
Lady Devils at a glance
Conference: Three Rivers East.
Coach: Brian Holman (5th year, 82-35; 6th overall, 103-42).
Last year: 23-7 (11-1).
Who’s back: Tori Bogatitus (Sr., 5-4/G), Jaclyn Cinotte (So., 5-4/G), Gabby Englehaupt (Sr., 5-6/F), Hanah Hart (Jr., 5-9/F), Janesa Hart (Sr., 5-11/C), Jenna Parente (Sr., 5-1/G), Kaleigh Shilkuski (Sr., 5-6/F), Taryn Trevier (Jr., 5-0/G).
Who’s new: Tea Cattani (Jr., 5-6/G), Hunter Jones (Jr., 5-11/C), Rachael Kobold (Jr., 5-6/G-F), Gia Pozzi (So., 5-7/F), Zoe Morris (So, 5-7/F).
First game: Thursday, Nov. 15 at Oregon Tip-Off Classic, 7:15 p.m. vs. Lena-Winslow.
Last year’s advancement: Lost to Winnebago 47-43 in sectional semifinals.