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Southern Tier Sports Report
HORSEHEADS — The Horseheads girls’ basketball team tuned up for the season with a home scrimmage against Owego on Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Raiders has a strong group of returning players off last year’s team and a good group of newcomers as they prep for the season.

Coaches name: 
 Andrew Scott
Assistant coaches: Pat Bonnell and Thomas Olver
Record last year: 9-11
Returning athletes:
Molly Wolf, Senior, Forward
Sophie Bonnell, Junior, Guard
Maddie Matkosky, Junior, Guard
Megan Wolf, Sophomore, Guard
Emma Kamas, Sophomore, Guard

Thoughts on returning athletes:
This is a great group of athletes that are returning. They worked really hard in the off-season and have the winning mentality and approach. They compete hard, and they are a great group to coach because they play with an energy and intensity that will ultimately ensure future success. All five returners will play an active role this season. They will be our leaders.

Jenna Baker, Junior, Guard
Alexis Knox, Junior, Forward
Jordyn Gross, Sophomore, Forward
Kaylyn Cook, Sophomore, Guard
Leah Scott, Sophomore, Guard
Jessica Als, Sophomore, Forward
Emelia Clark, Freshman, Forward

Thoughts on newcomers:
This is a young group but all the credit in the world goes to them. Every open gym, weight room, and extra opportunity they had to get better, they were there. I have seen a massive improvement from where they were to where they are now. I would expect some big things from these girls as the season progresses. They also have excellent returners to learn from. Those returners have high compete levels and are helping these newcomers every day in practice become better overall basketball players.

Thoughts on team this year:
This team is young and energetic and will compete night in and night out. They come in with outstanding work ethics and DRIVE. The goal is to see growth each day, week and month. Our hope is to see major improvements from November through March. This group has a GET TO rather than HAVE TO philosophy about practice, and that is step one in a team's success. Basketball means something to them. They played a lot of games in the off-season, and I cannot wait to see what they are capable of. Ultimately, our goal is to compete for the sectional championship and win it. If that isn't every team's goal, then something is wrong. I believe it can be accomplished with the attitude these twelve girls bring each day. 

Thoughts on league this year:
The league is extremely tough this year. One of the best in my twenty-four years as a coach. When you look at the schedule, there isn't one game that is a sure thing. It will be a battle night in and night out. Elmira and Corning return phenomenal players and will be a battle as always. Ithaca returns their whole starting lineup from last year as does Union-Endicott and Johnson City. Vestal and Binghamton have phenomenal athletes who play tough every night. Maine-Endwell will be the favorite in Class A with Kaety L'Amoreaux back for her senior year. It will be a fun season, and the fact we are back in the middle school gym after a two-year reprieve will be awesome!!

Do you have any former players who are currently playing in college:
Jillian Casey, Junior, Quinnipiac University
Jenna Granger, Sophomore, Niagara Community College
Maddie Johnson, Sophomore, Nazareth College
Carly Scott, Freshman, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Images from Saturday’s scrimmage. . . PHOTOS BY BRIAN FEES

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