Lady Redskins continue rebuilding ways

| November 28, 2012

COSHOCTON – No team is without something that drives them to become the best they can be, and the Coshocton High School girls’ basketball team isn’t an exception.

“We have set some goals for this year,” said second-year head coach Paul Bowman. “We hope to get the kids to compete at a high level every night which should allow us to reach those goals.”

Bowman does know something about winning, once guiding the CHS reserve team to an undefeated season.

“I believe we are pretty athletic and have some quickness, so we certainly look to win more league games and surpass last year’s win total,” he said.

A trio of seniors will be counted upon heavily, including guard-forwards Emilee Pell and Kalina Payne, and forward-post Julie Kittell. Junior point guard Kasy Means also returns.

Means averaged 9 points, 4.5 assists and 2 steals per game last year and was a second team all-district selection and received honorable mention in the all-East Central Ohio League Grey Division selection process.

Junior Javanna Ramsey will be vying for playing time at guard-forward and newcomers Quantesha Carlton and Kylie Brown will play guard and post, respectively. Coach Bowman noted Carlton and Brown as a pair of players who should make a positive impact.

Sophomore Katie Tupper joins Pell, Kittell and Means as the returning letter winners. She will play a significant role as a forward-post.

Joining the mix are sophomores Jocelyn Green, Alexis Rose and Hannah Lain and freshmen Lexie Phillips and Courtney Nutter.

Not exceptionally tall as a team, Lain and Brown provide the team with some decent height, each standing 5-foot-11 and 5-10, respectively, while Tupper is 5-9.

“We’re hoping to get a couple young kids to step up and fill some bench roles,” Bowman said.

Lost through graduation was all-ECOL performer Tanisha Means.

Still hoping to develop depth and gain experience, Bowman’s biggest concern is finding a solution for a turnover issue that resulted on over 20 per game last year.

“That’s simply not good,” he said. “We need to take care of the basketball this year.”

As they begin their quest to improve on last year’s 3-19 season, the Lady Redskins open the season Nov. 23 at Licking Valley, the first of three straight road games. They play their first game inside the Wigwam at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, hosting Zanesville Rosecrans.

“The kids had a good off-season and I believe that will do nothing to help us in the long run,” Bowman said.

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