By TIMES WIRES
Published November 19, 2006
Seven Rivers Christian
Coach: Scott Swander, fourth year
Last season's record: 9-12.
Key returnees: Junior guard Rachael Capra is back to lead Seven Rivers, and she scored 21 points in the team's opener last week. Capra is a quick player who tends to get most of her points off steals and layups. Other key returners include: Rachel Peshek, G, Sr; Bethany Woods, G, Sr.; Chelsea Ebert, F, Sr.
Key losses: Renee Bellavance and Katie Crouch were the team's twin towers inside. Without the post players, Seven Rivers will be much smaller and struggle more with rebounding. Also gone is guard Megan Olive.
Key newcomers: Sophomores Carolyn Allen and Madison Burich.
Outlook: Seven Rivers has shooters and quick guards, but the team lacks height inside and much depth eight players. Several players competed on the state finalist volleyball team so the squad is trying to find a rhythm now that all of its players are together.
Coach: Ron Allan, 18th year, 264-220 overall
Last season's record: 19-9, district runnerup; advanced to regionals.
Key returnees: Angie Acton, G, Sr; Sasha Rodriguez, G, Sr; Crissy Huxley, F, Sr; Shannon Wiemann, F, S.
Key losses: Melissa Foraker, F; Tara Haddock, F (Nova Southeastern); Crystal Earnest, F (Warner Southern); Melissa Fatz, PG.
Key newcomers: Kyla Brooks, PG, Soph.; Kaylah Hall, G, Soph.; Meagan Alexander, F, Jr; Whitley Korman, G, Jr; Lexy Angelo, Soph (transfer from Bishop McLaughlin).
Outlook: Lecanto lost most of its top playmakers, but area coaches still consider the Panthers the team to beat. Enough players from last year's successful squad return to lead the Panthers through another tough schedule. "It's going to take a while for us to figure out who fits in where, and what style we can play. So the first part of the season is going to be a learning process for everybody, coaches included," Allan said.
Rodriguez missed one game during classic play because she turned her ankle, but she was expected to return to practice this week.
Coach: Jere Defoor, third year, previously led the team from 1988-1992
Last season's record: 19-7
Key returnees: Brittany Bowling, G-F, Jr., Ashley Clark, G, Sr.; Taleisha Hopkins, F, Sr.; Brandy Worlton, C-P, Sr.
Key losses: Senior guards Lacey Lyons (Coastal Carolina) and Setera Lockley. Both were named to the Times all-Hernando/Citrus team. Meghan Hirsch, who at forward would have been the team's top returning scorer and rebounder, decided not to return. She will concentrate on volleyball. Bridgett Broussard, who played guard last year, will graduate early in December.
Key newcomers: Tia Lueallen, Wing, Fr.; Alicia Davis and Cara Russo both moved into the area. Davis is from Michigan and Russo is from Ocala.
Outlook: The Pirates opened their season with a loss Tuesday and from that game, Defoor said Crystal River needs to improve its ball handling and reduce turnovers. Pirates who weren't really counted on last year to be leaders are finding themselves in those roles now because former top players Lyons, Lockley, Hirsch and Broussard won't be there.
Coach: Eli Jackson, second year,
Last season's record: 13-13
Key returnees: Athlete is the best position description Jackson can come up with to describe versatile senior Rachel Fults and sophomore Devon Miller. Junior point guard Ashly Duval, sophomore guard Sara Nelson and junior post Shanley Lawler return. Junior Kindra Caldwell and senior Samantha Fogg are key reserves.
Key losses: Ashley Hoglund (LaGrange College in Georgia); Krystal Boardman
Key newcomers: Shannon Candeleri, G, Fr.
Outlook: The Hurricanes will struggle at first after losing so much offense - Boardman's ball-handling skills and Hoglund's scoring capabilities (18 points per game). But replacing the two isn't Citrus' main focus, Jackson said. He wants the team to concentrate on defense and build from there. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, the team's previous defensive player of the year, Duval, is back.
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