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Knights count on improved depth and cleaner play to result in extra wins

KINGWOOD — Three seniors paved the way for the Preston women’ basketball crew forward of the 2023-24 season. To enhance upon final season’s file, the Knights will search for contributions from underclassmen, as properly.

Actually, head coach Brian Miller says that ought to be the crew’s largest power this season.

“Our largest power could possibly be our depth,” stated Miller, who has been on the helm since 2005. “If our numbers seven by 11 gamers within the rotation can present some consistency. All of them have proven flashes of with the ability to do an excellent job with their tasks. If they’ll flip these flashes into consistency, then we might have nice depth.”

The Knights’ three seniors are Alauna Wilson, Kaylee Wimer and Ella White. The juniors are Hallie Simmons, Ally Sheets, Hannah Wolfe, Kendra Nazelrod, Cameryn Sypolt, Ava Bishop and Hannah Zuchowski. The sophomores are Myla Wotring, Vera Srawser, Camdyn Metheny, Bella Miller and Kinsey Wiles. 

Preston seems to enhance upon final 12 months’s 6-17 file. In an effort to unearth that enchancment, Miller has recognized 4 key areas the place the crew might want to take its largest strides.

The primary is limiting turnovers, the second is scoring in transition, the third is best 3-point taking pictures and, lastly, committing fewer fouls and attending to the road extra themselves.

“Final 12 months, we misplaced 4 video games the place we made extra pictures from the ground than our opponents however misplaced to the sheer quantity of foul pictures they took and made greater than we did,” Miller stated. 

The Knights have had two scrimmages, in opposition to Keyser and Allegany (Md.).

They start their season on the street, beginning Dec. 1 with a visit to Washington, D.C., to face Ballou Excessive College after which head to Uniontown, Pa., to face Laurel Highlands. 

Preston defeated Laurel Highlands within the opening sport final season.

“Our most important focuses in observe are attempting to repair our deficiencies from final 12 months,” Miller stated. “We are attempting to speak with the gamers higher on what their strengths and them figuring out what their teammates’ strengths are so when they’re on the market collectively, they know what everybody’s roles are and their tasks are and so they can play to one another’s strengths.” 

By Matthew Peaslee