GRIFFITH

Scouting the 2013-14 Griffith Panthers girls basketball team

2013-11-09T00:00:00Z Scouting the 2013-14 Griffith Panthers girls basketball team nwitimes.com
November 09, 2013 12:00 am

Last year: 15-9, 3-3 NCC

Team breakdown

Tradition never graduates, but sometimes four starters do. An era of sorts ended with five seniors heading out the door for the final time, followed by two assistant coaches who landed elsewhere. Nonetheless, the Panthers have won five consecutive sectional titles, and head coach Tom Golumbeck knows that the formula that works for his team is to fight hard in the regular season and peak in the postseason. “There’s going to be a lot of learning going on early,” Golumbeck said. “It’s going to be tough early, and we’re going to take some lumps because we need to figure out who our five best are.” Lisette Roldan and freshman sister Talia will be strong in the post, but depth will be crucial against a tough schedule. Though the four seniors and other players lack in experience, they have been part of the program for years and know conference and sectional titles are annual goals. “Our kids feel some pressure to win, and they know it’s important to win our sectional,” Golumbeck said. “They are going to work hard and buy into what we do.” — Paul Trembacki

Last season finish

Lost in Class 3A Rensselaer Regional semifinal to Plymouth.

Leading returning scorer

Courtney Bell, 4 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Lisette Roldan, 3 rpg.

Star power

Courtney Bell, Jr., PG: Bell is back after starting every game of her sophomore season, and she’s been honing her shooting since the end of last season, knowing that she’ll be counted on to score in bunches.

Newcomer to watch

Talia Roldan, Fr., F: The 6-foot freshman had a successful volleyball season for the Panthers, and basketball is her forte. With a senior sister in the lineup and their father on the coaching staff, she hopes to have a breakout season.

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