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LHS girls look to improve

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Second-year Liberty girls’ basketball coach Andy Wescoe said the Hurricanes have shown marked improvement in their decision-making, handling pressure, and cutting down on turnovers, which helped them win the Catasauqua Summer League.

“But we aren’t where I want to be in this department yet,” Wescoe said. “Our weakness is lack of experience. We are young. We aren’t the biggest team either so team defense, ball pressure, and ability to rebound misses will be key. Shooting must be improved.”

On the plus side, the Hurricanes’ willingness to share the ball, be accountable to their roles, and improve focus and movement off the ball has allowed them to score more.

“An improvement and focal point for us has been our team defense and something we must continue to improve on as the season progresses,” Wescoe said. “Team speed is better and our younger players in the sophomore class pushing hard every day to earn minutes has also created a competitive environment and good practices.”

Key returners for the Hurricanes are junior Kathryn Wescoe and senior Bridget MacDonald at guard.

Newcomers who have shown well in summer league, workouts, and practice have been freshman Erin Eisenhart, junior Morgan Bokan, sophomore Samira Gonzalez, sophomore Leilani Boiselle, and sophomore Gabby MacTaggart.

“Macdonald, Wescoe, and Eisenhart should be our primary ballhandlers heading into the start of the season,” said Wescoe. “Adding depth in the back court could be Bokan and Analysse Solomon with continued good play.

Junior Zoey Reifinger, MacTaggart, Boiselle, and Gonzalez have improved depth, interior defense, and rebounding strength for us. Small forwards Sarah and Julie Curti add experience in the frontcourt.”

Destiny Deschamps is also on Liberty’s roster.

The Hurricanes will open their season on Dec. 8 at Saucon Valley and then will travel to William Allen on Dec. 11, and Bethlehem Catholic on Dec. 14.