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Scouting the 2013-14 North Newton Spartans girls basketball team

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

Last year: 9-12, 5-5 (GSSC)

Team breakdown

The Spartans might be a year away from being a great team, but they still have an opportunity to make some strides this season. Bob Gonczy, in the third year of his second stint at the helm, likes the skills of his young squad. “I’m going to start two juniors and two sophomores,” he said. “My next two players are freshmen, and they’re not bad.” Two-year starter Alisha Watts will slide over from a shooting guard spot to take the point, while post players Kylie Duhamell and Morgan Kutsch provide strength on the inside. Lone senior Gabby Jackson will help provide some experience in the backcourt, while Jena Leach will back up Kutsch in the post. “I’m pretty optimistic that we’re going to have a winning record,” Gonczy said. The Spartans have 27 players in the program and will play a freshman slate, so the future looks bright. “We have a lot of competition for every spot,” Gonczy said.  — Christopher Breach

Last season finish

Lost in Class 2A Hebron Sectional opener to Rochester

Leading returning scorer

Alisha Watts, 7 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Kylie Duhamell, 10 rpg.

Star power

Alisha Watts, Jr., PG. Watts will take on more of a leadership role and also will be asked to do the bulk of the ball-handling duties in the backcourt. She has started since her freshman year and has played the guard and forward spots in the past.

Newcomer to watch

Kasondra Duncan, So., F. Duncan earned a promotion to the varsity with some solid play on the JV this past season. She played the three position in the summer league. “Right now, she’s my scorer,” Gonczy said.

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