Veteran Northwest girls team looking to defend division title

Veteran Northwest girls team looking to defend division title

Brenna Babcock is back after earning division Player of the Year and all-state honors as a junior.

Brenna Babcock leads a veteran lineup that will help Northwest try to repeat its Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 girls basketball title and possibly expand upon its success.

The Lady Rangers won nine straight, including the last eight of the regular season, on the way to their division title, a berth in the District 2 Class 2A championship game at the Mohegan Sun Arena and a spot in the state tournament.

Babcock, a senior guard, averaged more than 16 points per game while being named division Player of the Year by NEPABasketball.com and third-team Class 2A all-state by Pennsylvania sports writers.

Senior Reagan Harrison, a first-team division all-star selection by the website, also returns along with senior Trista Babcock.

Juniors Tess Edwards, one of the top subs a year ago, and Maddie McLendon are likely to join the returnees in the starting lineup.

Kendra Saxton and Lindsey Thomas are two more seniors with some varsity experience while sophomore Cassidy Crawford also received some playing time last year.

The Rangers used the late winning streak to finish 10-6 in the division, one game ahead of Wyoming Seminary, and 14-11 overall.