Lima, OH – The 2011-12 edition of Lady Barons basketball is a young squad full of powerful and dedicated basketball talent from 10 different schools. If early workouts are any indication this team is going to go the extra mile to find a way to be successful as they’ve been working extremely hard during the preseason. “They really love the game, they want to play the game, and their attitude shows that!” said first year head coach, Kelli Macdonald-Risner. Coach Macdonald-Risner added “We have 11 Freshmen, all but 2 from different schools, that have come from very different coaching styles, yet they are more than willing to learn to work together and learn each other’s styles. They have been stepping up with their own input on different plays to help us as a team figure out why some things will work for us better than others.”
The strength of this young team should be over all athleticism, as Coach Macdonald-Risner has assembled a lot of talent in her first year. At the same time, with youth and athleticism comes the common concern of cohesiveness and ball movement as well as movement away from the ball. If these young Lady Barons can work their way through some early growing pains it should be a very exciting season!
Some more specific information about these newest Lady Barons…..Dionna Hurley (Lima Senior), is a 5’10” post player that not only will dominate the inside but she is also one of the team’s top 3 point shooters; Jade Elking (Carroll), is one of the strongest players on the team, the total package at 5’10” she can transition from post to forward at any time; Emma Sawmiller (Wapakoneta), is a great defensive player as well as an offensive leader with great knowledge of the game and ability to see the whole court and to know how plays will develop; Briana Finnerty (Fairview) & Devin Cline (Cory Rawson), standing at 6’0” & 6’1”, these two young ladies add great size to the team’s post and both have ability to score from both the key and the perimeter, look for both to contribute all year; Nykel Simpson (Lima Senior), the smallest in stature, makes up for that in ball handling ability; Alisha Weis (St. Wendelin), a very good ball handler with ability to drive to the hoop, also a key defender; Kearra Cooper (Shawnee), very strong and tough defensive player who will rattle her opponent; Haylie Morris (Hardin Northern), the 5’8” forward has the ability to play anywhere on the floor, is also one of the team’s top performers at the free throw line; Chelsie Raterman (Benjamin Logan), one of the team’s toughest players, although not very tall, she uses positioning and effort to be an excellent rebounder; Laura Shomody (Rossford), the team’s deadeye from three point land, when she’s on, she won’t miss!
Come on out and support your Lady Barons. This week we have 2 home contests versus Cedarville JV @ 7PM on Monday, November 14th and versus Edison State @ 6:30PM on Thursday, November 17th.