TERRE HAUTE —
As far as other Indiana teams are concerned:
Western Indiana Conference — Northview won just one game a year ago, but played a lot of freshmen in doing so. One of this year’s sophomores, 5-11 Mikayla Rowan, had a triple-double (points, rebounds, blocks) in her last healthy game, Whitney Halfhill showed promise at point guard and Abbey Timberman is a good shooter. Add seniors Sierra Girton, Ashley Hughes and Cassie Weddle and the Knights might be ready for a turnaround … South Vermillion has just one regular back in Bailey Mack and another experienced player in Katelyn Freed and otherwise will rely on some sophomores as well. They are athletic sophomores, however, so the Wildcats have hopes too.
Wabash River Conference — North Vermillion has been a bridesmaid in this league the past three years, twice to Turkey Run and last year to Riverton Parke, but the Falcons are still very dangerous. Taylor Turchi in backcourt and Darby Martin inside give them two outstanding building blocks, while Kylee Karr and Taylen Balding are other talented veterans … Rockville has a legitimate star of its own in Jenifer Lee, while Brittany Gordon is another returning double-figure scorer. There are enough players vying for the other spots to make the Rox a threat … Turkey Run had to replace an entire team last year, after the four-year run that ended at the 2010-2011 state finals was finally completed. This year the Warriors have some veterans, led by double-figure scorers Kendall Davies and Jordan Goddard, and also quite a bit of depth.
SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference — Clay City lost its own four-year nucleus of stars after last season, so none of the returning Eels have stats to speak of. There’s talent available in senior Callie Dayhuff and junior Alex Wolfe, and sophomore Logan Ellinger might be ready to be the team’s scoring threat … Shakamak could be the team challenging for sectional honors if the Lakers can find someone to run the team. There’s frontline talent available in 6-1 Kelsey Pilant and returning forwards Megan Phipps and Kelsey Fulford; athletic sophomore Sierra Hudson might be the answer at point guard … North Central didn’t win a game last season, but first-year coach Jacob Cummings expects improvement from returning regulars like 5-11 Aubrey Evans and Taylor Netherlain, but especially from a freshman group led by 5-10 Katelynn Kennedy and point guard Gabby Kreischer … Linton won just once last year — against North Central — but is deeper this season and returns its top three scorers — senior Joie Gadberry and juniors Carlie Booe and Courtney Johnson … Union has its usual problems in terms of participation, but has a double-figure scorer back in junior Hallie Smith and a promising if undersized post player in 5-7 sophomore Kolbi Reynolds.