With a young, athletic roster hungry for success, this could be a breakout season for the Edinburgh girls basketball team.
“We lost three seniors and we’ll be young, but we have some girls that are young and talented and competitive. They don’t like to lose,” coach Amy Macy-Schilling said. “There is always a lot of competition on the floor when we practice. We shouldn’t lose anything when we go to the bench.”
Edinburgh will pair her two returning seniors, forward Mary Franklin and guard Vanessa McManaway, with a group of underclassmen that could shine.
The top returning scorer is sophomore Destiney Ramey, who averaged 9.0 points. The 5-foot-5 point guard also averaged 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 37 percent from the floor.
“She’s playing the point guard, so she needs to take that leadership role,” Macy-Schilling said of Ramey. “We’d like for her to score, but we also want her to run the offense. She’s still only a sophomore and she’s still learning how to control a game, but she had a big learning curve last year as a freshman so hopefully she has a little more confidence as a sophomore.”
Junior guard Sidney Beier chipped in 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds last year, and junior forward Taylor Tatlock added 5.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. Macy-Schilling also expects a lot from her two seniors, Mary Franklin and Vanessa McManaway.
Several of the sophomores, including Haven Link and Kaylia Kelley, also could shine in their first true varsity tests, according to the coach.
With a tough regular-season schedule, which includes their Johnson County rivals and perennial Class A powers such as Jac-Cen-Del, racking up wins might be tough for the Lancers. But Macy-Schilling is hopeful about contending for both the Mid-Hoosier Conference and sectional championships.
Edinburgh opens the regular season Nov. 3 at home against Indianapolis Metropolitan.
Head coach: Amy Macy-Schilling
Last season: 8-15, lost to Morristown in sectional-opener
Key returnees: Mary Franklin, Sr., F; Vanessa McManaway, Sr., G; Taylor Tatlock, Jr., F; Sidney Beier, Jr., G; Destiney Ramey, So., G; Haven Link, So., G
Fresh faces: Kaylia Kelley, So, F; Destini Myers, So., F; Abby Schooler, So., G; Paige Burton, So., G; Anneliese Lollar, Fr. G; Trinity Tatlock, Fr., G
Outlook: The Lancers are young, but they have the talent to win their second sectional title in three years. Even though she’s only a sophomore, Ramey gives Edinburgh an experienced ballhandler, something any young team needs. While there is a good chance the Lancers will take their lumps at times during the regular season, they should be in perfect shape when the tournament begins in late January.
Coachspeak: “It might take some time for those freshmen and sophomores to grow up at the varsity level, but we’ll see. They’re energetic and they really get along well. They’re a fun group to coach.” — Macy-Schilling
Nov. 3;Indianapolis Metropolitan;6 p.m.
Nov. 7;at Indianapolis Lutheran;7:30 p.m.
Nov. 10;at Shelbyville;7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14-18;Johnson County tournament;TBA
Nov. 25;Medora;12:30 p.m.
Nov. 28;at Oldenburg Academy;7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30;Trinity Lutheran;7:30 p.m.
Dec. 5;Eminence;6 p.m.
Dec. 7;at Greenwood Christian;7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9;Milan;12:30 p.m.
Dec. 12;Hauser;7:30 p.m.
Dec. 29;Edinburgh tournament;TBA
Jan. 3;at Speedway;7:30 p.m.
Jan. 6;at West Washington;6 p.m.
Jan. 11;at Crothersville;7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13;Morristown;12:30 p.m.
Jan. 16;at South Decatur;7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19;Southwestern (Shelbyville);7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23;Waldron;7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25;North Decatur;7:30 p.m.