WHITING OILERS

Scouting the 2013-14 Whiting Oilers girls basketball team

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

Last year: 20-4, 6-1 GSSC

Team breakdown

Last year, the Oilers became a breakout team, winning their second ever sectional title. After the GSSC runners-up lost their best clutch shooter in Abby Bondi, they still have their own 1-2 tandem in Citlali Lopez and Brianna Blackwell, who hope to lead Whiting to the program's first-ever back-to-back sectional titles. The Oilers will only go as far as the two seniors will take them, as they are the only two legitimate scoring threats back this year. However, with the arrival of the Trimble sisters — Mariah and Mercedes — and the increasingly steady development of Alex Danielides, the Oilers will have more presence down low than in previous years. — Paul Honeycutt

Last season finish

Lost in Class 2A Rochester Regional semifinal to Boone Grove.

Leading returning scorer

Bri Blackwell, 16.5 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Bri Blackwell, 9.5 rpg.

Star power

Bri Blackwell, Sr., G and Citlali Lopez, Sr., G: Considered one of the best returning guard combos in the state, they have been two constants in an ever-improving program. Both have started since their freshman year. "It's their show now," Whiting coach Kevin Moynihan said. "They still work hard on every aspect of their games."

Newcomer to watch

Alex Danielides, So., C: Moynihan is going to emphasize more of a post game and Danielides could be the recipient of more touches on the block. She will be expected to do even more heavy lifting while the other bigs learn in varsity action. "She's starting to come along and developing personality as a basketball player," Moynihan said. "Alex is carving out where she fits on the court and will play a huge role in the offense this year."

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