MIAMI COUNTY — Jeremy Hughes takes over as the Troy girls basketball coach.
The Trojans are coming off a season where they went 14-9 overall and 12-6 in the MVL.
Leading the Trojans will again be three-year starter Macie Taylor.
Taylor, a junior guard, averaged 17 points, six rebounds, 3.7 assists a year ago in earning All-MVL honors.
Also back at guard will be sophomore Elise McCann, while the post players include sophomore Brynn Siler and junior Morgan Kaiser.
Key newcomers will include juniors Madalynn Hughes and Makenzee Maschino, who played for Covington as a freshman and sophomore.
Hughes said Sidney and Butler are the teams to beat in the MVL.
“We believe we are at the top of the MVL,” Hughes said. “Our goal is to get better each game and win the MVL.”
Greg Justice returns for his second season as coach.
The Lady Indians had their most successful season in recent memory, going 16-8 overall and 13-5 in the MVL.
But, they will have some big holes to fill in the paint.
Gone is MVL Player of the Year Tylah Yeomans, who averaged 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.
The MVL’s leading rebounder a year ago — junior Aubree Schrubb — will miss most of the season after recent foot surgery.
Schrubb averaged 12.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 9.5 points per game.
Leading the post players will be senior Andrea Marrs, who has suffered ACL injuries the last two seasons.
The Lady Indians have several key returners at the guard positions.
Senior three-year starter Karley Johns averaged 10 points, four rebounds and three assists a year ago, while junior Kenzi Anderson averaged five points and is a three-year starter.
Junior Reaagan Toopes is back after missing last season after tearing an ACL.
Junior Elise Cox is another key returner.
“Elise is now fully recovered from serious health issues that had plagued her since infancy,”Justice said. “She has the potential to do some great things.”
Key newcomers will include freshman post Ashln Sullivan, sophomore guard Mahala Bragg and sophomore guard Logan Spradlin.
“Tipp remains the team to beat until someone dethrones them,” Justice said about the MVL. “Troy and Butler are returning some key pieces and will be tough. Greenville had an outstanding JV team last year and will be tough as well. We have some exciting and dynamic players in the MVL. I think our division will be really competitive.”
Justice looks forward to a third straight successful season.
”The goal is to continue to build off of the success we have experienced over the last 2 seasons,” he said. “It has been 34 years since the program has seen this type of success. We are excited, but not content.
”The last two seasons has taught us that the level of effort and commitment necessary to compete in this league is extremely high. That makes it easy to convince the players of just how hard we have to work and prepare every day in practice. Our girls are striving to “change the culture” of Piqua girls basketball. We have to respect the process and continue to play together and fight for the name on the front of the shirt.”
Christina Pentaudi takes over as coach for Tippecanoe girls, who were 21-5 overall and 18-0 in the MVL last season.
Tipp returns a talented group at the guard position.
Leading the way is senior Ashleigh Mader, who averaged 10.7 points per game last year.
Also back are senior Kenna Smith, juniors Olivia Spiller and Ashley Aselage and sophomore Maddi Moran.
Three key post players returning are seniors Katie Hemmelgarn and Rachel Wildermuth and sophomore Hannah Wildermuth.
They combined to average 19.9 points and 12.4 rebounds a year ago.
“We are looking forward to having these returning players,” Pentaudi said. “We are confident in their abilities to handle the basketball, attack the basket, shoot from the perimeter, play strong inside and defend well. We believe these are a well-rounded group of girls who work well together.
“We are excited to see what they are able to accomplish as the season progresses.”
Key newcomers include senior Corinn Siefring, who was All-Ohio in volleyball and sophomore Alexa Mader.
“These girls are great athletes and we believe they are going to be big contributors to the team’s success this year,” Pentaudi said. “They are both very versatile and we are eager to see what they achieve.”
Pentaudi expects to do well again in the MVL.
“We are ready to have competitive games with all MVL teams,” she said. “We do anticipate intense games with our season opener Sidney and our neighboring schools, Troy and Vandalia-Butler.”