Morgan Township Cherokees
Last season: 13-11, 3-4 PCC, lost in Class A Caston Regional semifinals to Oregon-Davis.
Inside the Cherokees
Leading returning scorer: Trina Coleman, 14.5 ppg
Leading returning rebounder: Courtney Maxwell, 4.5 rpg
Star power: Trina Coleman. The two-time All-PCC performer led the Cherokees in points (14.5), assists (4.4) and steals (4.1) per game last season.
Newcomer to watch: Courtney Osby. Osby doubled her scoring and rebounding averages in the postseason a year ago, which opened some eyes. "Courtney has come a long way with developing her shot and gaining confidence on the floor," Morgan Township coach Kevin Grieger said. "She set the tone for us in the state tournament at the beginning of games with her aggressive play."
Cherokees look to more forward
Morgan Township hopes to at least match its regional run last season and maybe go a little deeper in the Class A state tournament. The Cherokees return nine players. "This team will be as good as the players allow it to be," Morgan Township coach Kevin Krieger said. The linchpin is Trina Coleman. The ultra-versatile junior scores, dishes and defends with some of the best in the area. "Trina continues to improve her all-around game and her leadership qualities," Krieger said. Senior guard Courtney Osby provided a well-timed boost in the postseason, and hopes to do it on a more consistent basis this season. "I figured out what I needed to do," Osby said. "I feel like this year things are coming together a little easier than in the past. Trina cannot do it herself. If a few others of us pick it up, we can be pretty good." Washington Township transfer Bri Leuck sat out all of last season due to IHSAA rules, but the guard is expected to provide some perimeter punch to the offense. "She'll have a big part," Osby said of Leuck. "She's good at hitting a lot of shots. When she gets on a streak, she is pretty unstoppable." !~ Jim Hunsley