Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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November 14, 2013

Lady Pirates deep at both ends of court

For the first time in four years, the Greensburg girls basketball team has a chance to post back-to-back winning seasons.

Head coach Mike Miller said following up last year’s 12-10 record with another winning mark not only would be meaningful to the seniors, but signal the continued rise of the program.

“We expect this team to be as competitive, or more competitive, than we were last year,” said Miller. “I really like this team, mostly because of our attitude. We really want to win and compete.”

Miller pointed out two big factors in Greensburg’s favor.

“We had great summers and worked hard. They really want to win,” he said. “(Second), we can be really good defensively.”

The Pirates allowed 50 points or less in 17 of 22 games, and 40 points or less in 10 games.

“We’ll be able to put a lot of pressure on the ball. We’ll use a lot of different looks defensively,” said Miller.

The team’s athleticism and depth will enable Greensburg to pressure teams aggressively for four quarters, playing 10 girls regularly who will rotate throughout the game.

“We think we can do a lot of good things with our lineup,” said Miller. “We have a lot of depth at the wing and guard positions.

Greensburg graduated six seniors, including starters Clare Owens and Shelby Ward.

“They did a great job of pushing in practice,” said Miller. “They were very determined to get back to having a winning season. I’m hoping our juniors and seniors will continue that.”

Just two seniors, Joanna Redelman and Sydney Wettering, will fill the leadership roles this year – a smaller senior class than in past seasons.

“We have a pretty good size of junior and sophomore classes to help that out,” said Miller. “They will do a pretty good job of being leaders and making sure we’re doing the right things.”

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