Port Clinton Girls Basketball Preview

Port Clinton Girls Basketball Preview

Head Coach: Toby Bickel, 10th season (93-97)

Last Year: 13-8 (8-6 SBC)

Who's gone: 5-6 Laura Puffenberger; 5-7 Meigan Day; 5-5 Kenzie Payne; 5-2 Sam Mizener; 5-3 Alex Stephenson

Who's back: 5-10 P Hope Thorbahn (13.2 ppg; 8.5 rpg); 5-10 P Tiffany Colston (13.8 ppg; 8.7 rpg)

Who's new: 5-5 W Hannah Weaver; 5-8 P Emily Ashley; 5-8 PG Paige Culver; 5-2 PG Kennedy Gulas; 5-6 W Madison Burris; 5-5 W Kristen Wood; 5-7 W Marissa Day

Outlook: In the 2011-12 season, the Port Clinton Lady 'Skins accomplished a lot. They won 13 games, finished fourth in the Sandusky Bay Conference, one of northwest Ohio's toughest conferences, and moved closer to establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the league.

 

However, losing five key players from last year's squad, Laura Puffenberger, Meigan Day, Kenzie Payne, Alex Stephenson and Sam Mizener, leaves the team with voids at point guard and the wing positions. On the bright side, Port Clinton's top-two scorers and rebounders from last season, juniors Hope Thorbahn and Tiffany Colston, return. Colston, who stands 5-10, averaged 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds last season and Thorbahn, who is also 5-10, was just behind her, finishing with 13.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, performances that were good enough to earn both second-team honors at the league and district levels.

Despite losing five seniors, head coach Toby Bickel is optimistic that his club can compete with the likes of Clyde, one of the state's best programs, and Perkins. He's not alone, seeing as the Lady 'Skins were picked third by the coaches and fourth by the media in the preseason polls.

“Obviously Clyde is the cream of the crop and Perkins is going to be very good,” Bickel said. “I think we can win some games in the league, but there are also some teams that are going to be pretty good. It's all going to have to play out.”

There are two reasons for Bickel's optimism: (1) he has plenty of faith in Colston and Thorbahn, two versatile players, and (2) believes that his younger players who have seen limited varsity action in the past will fill in nicely.

“We have to have some kids with no varsity experience step up and play well,” he said. “Hope is playing the two right now, I can move her all over the floor. She can move where need be. And Tiffany is going to start more in the post. Both of them can move to a lot of different spots. They're both versatile and we'll put them in different spots based on who we're playing. I'm sure they will be (the captains). Hope & Tiffany have both started since they were freshmen, the leadership is there (with them). They've played a lot of basketball, and spent a lot of time starting at the varsity level.”

As of now, the rest of the rotation will likely include 5-5 wing Hannah Weaver, 5-8 post Emily Ashley, point guards Paige Culver (5-8) and Kennedy Gulas (5-2) as well as wings Madison Burris (5-6), Kristen Wood (5-5) and Marissa Day (5-7).

“We lost some shooting (from last year),” Bickel said, noting that Stephenson graduated as the school's all-time leader in three-pointers made for a career and a season. “You can fill some kids in that have ability, but it's the experience (that's lacking). Those girls played JV last year and they had a good year and went 13-7.”

“We did some good things this summer. We played pretty well at the University of Findlay team camp. When you've got two returning varsity players, you've got to find who is ready for the varsity, who is going to fill the spot. The kids are working hard and the practices are going well. It will give us a better idea (of where we are) after our first scrimmage.”

Bickel expects his team to do better than last season and come closer to establishing itself with some of the top teams in the league.

“We want to try and improve on what we did last year,” he said. “We'd like to move up from fourth in the league and, come tournament time, win our sectional. We're fairly young, with only two returning varsity letter winners, two or three sophomores and a freshman at varsity, but I think we can make some strides. We'd like to do a little better than last year.”

Port Clinton Girls Basketball Schedule

Sat, Nov 24            

Home           

Woodmore               

6:00 Pm

Tues, Nov 27

Home

Sandusky

6:00Pm

Thur, Nov 29

Away

Danbury

6:00 Pm

Sat, Dec 1

Home

Oak Harbor

1:00 Pm

Tues, Dec 4

Home

Margaretta

6:00 Pm

Sat, Dec 8

Home

St. Mary

1:00 Pm

Tues, Dec 11

Home

Norwalk

6:00 Pm

Fri, Dec 14

Away

Perkins

6:00 Pm

Tues, Dec 18

Away

Huron

6:00 Pm

Sat, Dec 22

Home

Clyde

1:00 Pm

Sat, Dec 29

Home

Edison

1:00 Pm

Sat, Jan 5

Away

Oak Harbor

1:00 Pm

Tues, Jan 8

Away

Bellevue

6:00 Pm

Sat, Jan 12

Away

Margaretta

1:00 Pm

Mon, Jan 14

Away

Lake

6:00 Pm

Sat, Jan 19

Away

St. Mary

1:00 Pm

Fri, Jan 25

Home

Perkins

6:00 Pm

Mon, Jan 28

Away

Fostoria

6:00 Pm

Sat, Feb 2

Away

Clyde

Noon

Thur, Feb 7

Away

Edison

6:00 Pm

Tues, Feb 12

Home

Fremont Ross

6:00 Pm

Thur, Feb 14

Home

Huron

6:00 Pm

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