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Scouting the 2013-14 Highland Trojans girls basketball team

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

Last year: 8-14, 1-5 NCC

Team breakdown

There is good news aplenty in Highland. Only one senior is gone from last year’s squad, there are plenty of girls interested in suiting up for the program and plenty of balance across positions and classes. Fifth-year coach Tracie Mezera has quickness and grit up and down a roster that returns six letter-winners, including honorable mention All-Area Brianna Williams (8.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg). The bad news, however, is that this program has four conference wins total in the past four seasons. “It’s all going to hinge on how hard we’re willing to work,” Mezera said. “We know the competition we’ll face and what we’ll have to bring every night. This team has a new sense of hunger and seriousness, more than I’ve seen in years.” Blending the old and the new, personnel-wise, will be important, and the hard work and hunger must transfer into wins sooner rather than later. The prevailing attitude would make the late Jim Valvano proud. “Our theme is to never give up,” Mezera said. “We have to play to the fullest. Don’t give up on anything — from a loose ball to each other.” — Paul Trembacki

Last season finish

Lost in Class 4A Munster Sectional second round to Lowell.

Leading returning scorer

Alyssa Kikalos, 10.2 ppg

Leading returning rebounder

Brianna Williams, 6.7 rpg

Star power

Aleysha Slaven, Sr., PG: The lightning-quick scorer who can get to the rim and draw contact but can also defend the other team’s best guard averaged 7.1 points, 2.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game last season.

Newcomer to watch

Taylor Steele, Fr., G: In grade school Steele hit a growth spurt and became quite a player. Then she stuck with the varsity for most of this summer, ready to make an immediate impact.

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