Lowell Red Devils

Scouting the 2013-14 Lowell Red Devils girls basketball team

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

Last year: 18-4, 6-0 (NCC)

Team breakdown

Asked how much of his team's offense graduated, Coach Matt Welsh had a quick answer: "Ninety, 95 percent, all of it." But the NCC championship coach isn't down about his new team. Yes, "The Class" has graduated and moved on. Still, there is a lot of young talent returning. Senior Sarah Wieser has had two years of point guard experience on varsity; junior Hunter Jusevitch came on strong at the end of last season to spark the Devils, and senior Nicole Kiszenia is healthy and ready as one of three 6-foot post players on the roster. Freshman Joselyne Bobos has the same genes as sister Katie Bobos, now at Western Florida. "We established last year that we build everything around our defense," said Welsh, whose team only allowed 33.9 points per game last year. "We'll keep it going. We have a lot of new kids playing varsity. They'll have to get used to the speed. I'll never question the effort of these girls. They're great kids who work hard. We're excited to see where we can be." — Steve Hanlon

Last season finish

Lost in sectional semifinal to Lake Central.

Leading returning scorer

Hunter Jusevitch, 5 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Amy Fraikin, 2 rpg.

Star power

Hunter Jusevitch, Jr., G: By the end of last season she was the first one coming off the bench, with several games in double-digit scoring. She has worked hard on her perimeter shot and impressed her coach. "Hunter is one of the best shooters in the area, if not the state," Welsh said.

Newcomer to watch

Nicole Kiszenia, Sr., C: The all-state shot putter in track was sick and injured for much of last hoops season. Over the last five games of the regular season, she started to show promise but blew out her ankle and could not play in the sectional. "Nicole is going to have a breakout season," Welsh said. "She has everything you need to be a dominant post player."

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