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It all starts on defense for ’Canes

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty girls’ basketball coach Andy Wescoe believes the Hurricanes must start on defense in order to compete in a tough Steel Division and East Penn Conference this season.

“Although, we do have some returning players on our roster, this is an inexperienced group in terms of varsity play,” Wescoe said. “We’ll need somebody to step to the forefront for leadership and stability.”

Among the possibilities are seniors Lauren King, a guard, and Tatianna Rivera and Jayda Kempfer, both forwards.

Juniors on the Hurricane roster are guards Bridget MacDonald, Rebecca Cohen, and Alivia Madera, and forward Jayda Cruz.

Most of the varsity team is made up of sophomores including two guards, Kathryn Wescoe and Morgan Bokan, three forwards, Tanasia Howard, Zoey Reifinger, and Domonique Althouse, and two guards/forwards, Julie Curti and Sarah Curti.

Chardae Stone, a freshman, will be a guard for the Hurricanes.

“Style of play will be determined by what I see in practice and scrimmages and how to best utilize their talents,” said Wescoe. “Our progress has been good thus far and I feel the girls are starting to understand the hard work needed to win in this league.”

The Hurricanes are also learning a new system, not to mention experiencing new leadership and new direction from Wescoe.

“It will take some time to develop chemistry and consistency. Consistency with that attitude [of hard work] will be extremely important,” Wescoe said.

Liberty’s season opener is scheduled for this Friday at home against Saucon Valley.