Elk Lake plans to test different combinations and renew its defensive emphasis early this season with the intent of returning to being more competitive in Division 4 once Lackawanna League girls basketball rolls round in January.
“Our goal for this year is to improve our league record and league play,” Lady Warriors coach Kevin Tewksbury said. “We did not play well in the league last year and that is unacceptable in this program.
“The first goal we set when the season starts is competing for the Division 4 title.”
The Lady Warriors were just 3-9 in the division last season, finishing sixth out of seven teams in both the second half and in terms of all-season record.
Senior Madison Tewksbury, a 5-foot-10 forward, and sophomore Tamara Voda, a 5-6 guard, return to the starting lineup and junior Mercedes Zajaczkowski, the first sub, also returns. Zajaczkowski is a 5-9 junior forward.
There will be some new faces joining them in the lineup.
“Both Madison and Tamara played a lot of minutes last year, so we will be relying on them to show leadership for us during a tough early-season schedule while we figure out our rotation before league play starts,” coach Tewksbury said.
While Tewksbury figures out the rotation, he knows what he wants to see from his team.
“The key this year will be to get everyone to buy into our defensive philosophy,” he said. “If that happens and we get through early-season jitters from girls that haven’t played a lot of varsity, we should be OK.”
Kimmy Moser, a 5-2 senior guard, also has some experience.
Seniors Jackie Decker and Brook Arnold at forward and Kelsey Day and Kylie Mosier at guard are among those trying to work into the lineup. Sophomore guard Charity Kasson and freshman guard Krista Jones, already a state medalist in cross country, are others who could be in the mix.
Elk Lake went 7-16 overall a year ago.