Elk Lake reached the state Class 2A girls tournament in Kevin Tewksbury’s first season as head coach, but the Lady Warriors will be challenged in their effort to repeat that accomplishment.
The top four scorers graduated from last season’s district finalists.
“Losing six seniors to graduation will be challenging to overcome, but we have strong junior and senior classes,” Tewksbury said.
Senior guards Eliza Bosscher and Rose Warner and senior forward Abby Johns are the experienced returnees. Junior forward Madison Tewksbury also saw some varsity time.
“Our senior class, led by Eliza Bosscher, will have to show a lot of leadership as we start the season,” Tewksbury said. “If our underclassmen can buy into our defensive philosophy, we will be in good shape as the season progresses.”
Sophomore forward Mercedes Zajaczowski and junior guards Kelsey Day, Jackie Decker, Kimmy Mosier, Kylie Mosier and Lucy Ives are expected to compete for playing time.
Elk Lake had the fourth-best, all-season record in the seven-team Lackawanna League Division 4 last season. They were tied for second at 4-2 in the first half, but slipped to 2-4 for fifth in the second half before putting together a postseason run.
The Lady Warriors earned the third seed of seven teams for the District 2 Class 2A tournament, then won two straight, beating second-seeded Blue Ridge in the semifinals. They finished 14-12.