LAKE STATION

Scouting the 2013-14 Lake Station Eagles girls basketball team

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

Last year: 5-16, 2-5 GSSC

Team breakdown

There are only eight players on the varsity roster and two of those are freshmen, so depth and experience will certainly be an issue. "I think our goal for this senior class is to be very consistent, and go out and do everything we can to win as many games as we can while we go back to building a program," coach Kristy Hite-Balboa said. Joanna Dwyer has the ability to score and will have to do most of the heavy lifting in that respect. Desiree Parrillo pulls down more boards than her 5-foot-3 stature would suggest she could. The victories may not pile up this year, but the Eagles are trying to build something. Lake Station has averaged five wins per season since Hite-Balboa took over five years ago. It had only seven total wins over the previous nine seasons. "I’m not sure where this is going to lead, win-lose, but they all get along; they all want to be here," Hite-Balboa said. "They’re fun to be around; they work hard and we’re going to enjoy this season." —David P. Funk

Last season finish

Lost in Class 2A River Forest sectional opener to Bishop Noll

Leading returning scorer

Joanna Dwyer, 14.3 ppg

Leading returning rebounder

Desiree Parrillo, 8.5 rpg

Star power

Joanna Dwyer, Sr., G: She'll be counted on to score for a team that lacks depth and experience. She'll be the focus of the defense every night.

Newcomer to watch

Ariana Thomas, So., C: Will start and provide some height in the paint. Thomas is one of several underclassmen who will have to grow up quickly.

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