Junior guards Emily Prentice and Karli Armstrong are in the mix for varsity time, and 5-9 sophomore guard Kennedy Curl and 5-8 freshman guard Madison Dalton are also on the varsity roster.
The Berries open the season at home on Friday night against McCutcheon. The Mavericks are hosing Class 4A, Sectional 7 this year.
“They’ve got everybody back,” Hoover said. “It’s been that way the last five or six years that either us or them win it. I would think it would be the same way this year.”
The Berries repeated as North Central Conference champions last year and have won 14 league games in a row. They won all seven NCC games last year by double digits.
But the league has been young the last two years and could be a more hotly contested race this year. The top opponent has been Anderson, which Logan had to erase a fourth-quarter deficit against last year in a win.
The Berries went 25-2 last season and advanced to the regional finals in Class 4A. They have to replace from graduation Rachel Jennings (14.6 ppg), one of the top shooters in the state who is now playing at Bethel, Kiley Victor (5.3, ppg, 8.0 rpg), the second leading rebounder in the NCC, Madyson Price (4.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg), who is playing softball at Ancilla, Redman (2.5 ppg), who is playing softball at Manchester, and Krysta Kyyroenen (2.2 ppg), who has returned to her native Finland.
Coming Thursday: Season previews for Cass, Caston, Pioneer and Winamac.