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Scouting the 2013-14 Portage Indians girls basketball team

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

Last year: 13-10, 8-6 (DAC)

Team breakdown

Nicki Monahan and her 1,157 career points are now at IUN, meaning the Indians will have to find other players to put the ball in the basket. "Not one person can replace Nicki Monahan," coach Chris Seibert said. "We'll need to be much more balanced. Different people will have to step up. Everyone's going to have different roles than they've had in previous years." Kaitlin Doud, Alexis Johnson and Kaitlyn Steers all have the potential. Seibert will also go to a more pressure-oriented defense in hopes of creating opportunities at the other end. "We'll rely heavily on our defense while our offense comes along," Seibert said. "We're going to push it more. All of our posts can get up and down the floor." Despite the question marks, Seibert is optimistic. "There'll be some growing pains here and there, but with their work ethic and dedication, I expect a lot from them," he said. — Jim Peters

Last season finish

Lost in first round of Class 4A Portage Sectional to Merrillville

Leading returning scorer

Kaitlin Doud

Leading returning rebounder

Kaitlin Doud

Star power

Kaitlin Doud, Sr., F: Doud was second to Monahan in scoring last season and will have to move the average into double digits. Unfortunately, she'll have to be eased back into the mix as she recovers from a stress fracture in her back.

Newcomer to watch

Alexis Johnson, Sr., F: Johnson's more proven on the softball field, but that didn't stop Purdue Calumet coach Tom Megyesi from already signing her for hoops. "She's very athletic, which can create match-up problems with her size," Seibert said.

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