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November 13, 2013

West Vigo girls excited about wealth of young players with experience

TERRE HAUTE — Ryan Easton has an abundance of young talent to choose from this fall as he searches for the right rotation to take the floor for the high school girls basketball season.

It might take some time for it all to fuse together for West Vigo, but he’s excited about the energy and experience his team brings to practice each day.

“Just trying to find the mix. Very competitive mix in practice,” Easton said. “Last year we came in with zero varsity experience, and now we have a lot of girls that understand the pace of play.”

Lexus Elkins is the top returning scorer and rebounder after averaging seven points as a junior.

“She’s a strong girl, she does a lot of things well around the rim as far as rebounding and putbacks. She finds ways to score,” Easton said.

The Vikings lost one of the five returning starters, guard Brittany Boyll, to a torn ACL during the preseason.

McKenzie Little (5-5, Sr.) and Shelby Byrely (5-9, Sr.) are the only other seniors on the roster.

Shyanne Elkins (5-10, Jr.) and Charity Lane (5-4, Jr.) and returning starter Kylie Cardinal (5-4, So.) are among the top returnees looking to help the Vikings improve.

“I look for Cheyenne and Charity to step up and put the ball through the hoop,” Easton said. “And look for the sophomores to all see a lot of playing time.”

Guard Shelby Edington (5-4, So.) could also see big playing time for the Vikings, along with Brooke Houser (5-7, So.), Leah Morrison (5-6, So.), Abby Pointer (5-7, So.), Lizzie Barton (5-9, So.), Micayla Hudson (5-8, So.) and Mary Curley (5-3, So.).

“All those girls will be vying for some time.” Easton said.

The Vikings are going to try to be an aggressive team all over the court.

“Our focus is defense and rebounding. Playing 84 feet with the depth, we can try to do some different things,” Easton said.

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