“We can’t replace her with any one person,” Davis said. “We have to have a lot of girls step up and fill roles she fulfilled for us last year.”
Two of the Comets’ 10 losses last year were to West Central, including in the sectional final. Davis said the Trojans also return a lot of players from a year ago.
The Comets host LaCrosse Friday and travel to North Miami Saturday to open the year.
The Panthers return four of their top players from a year ago, including leading scorer Mati DeWitt (8.9 ppg) and point guard Megan Smith for their senior campaigns. Kayte Miller and Brooklyn Mehrley also return as seniors.
“Megan Smith is as good of a defensive player I’ve coached. She has quick hands and does an amazing job every night,” Pioneer coach David McWherter said. “Mati is an all-around scorer. She’s a post player and gives us our best opportunity to score points.”
Players moving up to the varsity this year include Abby McKaig, Kennedy Nies and Monica Compton.
The Panthers have good height with Nies (6-0), DeWitt (5-10) and McKaig (5-10).
“We’re going to have to lean on Mati offensively and Megan defensively and have Kayte hit some outside shots,” McWherter said.
The Panthers will look to improve on their 5-16 record of a year ago. McWherter said the team plays a tough schedule which has a number of bigger schools on it and includes the addition of the Zionsville Holiday Tournament this year.
The Panthers host Delphi on Saturday to open the season.