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Girls basketball preview: Juniors becoming veteran roster for Waldron

The bane of Waldron’s recent existence has been Jac-Cen-Del. 

 

2020 ended when Jac-Cen-Del rallied in the 4th quarter to defeat Waldron in the sectional championship, 40-36.

 

In 2019, the all-time classic, a five overtime thriller.  Waldron succumbed 67-61, again, in the championship game.

 

And, back to 2018, when Waldron reached the title game but was knocked out of the postseason by the Eagles, 50-35.

 

Even 2017 ended with a quarterfinal loss to Jac-Cen-Del in sectional play.

 

Well, more on the rivalry with Jac-Cen-Del another time (shameless plug:  they play in Osgood on December 8 on GIANT fm Sports).

 

A growing up process has been in play for the current crop of Mohawks under head coach Anthony Thomas who start the season ranked #11 in 1A.

 

 

Live everyone, the preseason has also meant dealing with Covid.

 

 

5’5” junior guard Megan Bogemann is the team’s leading returning scorer (10.1 ppg).  Bogemann has long range capabilities that were on display at Garrett Gym last season when she connected on a school record seven 3-pt FG’s.

 

 

Second leading scorer Bella Larrison, 5’9” junior (8.2 ppg), is back at a starting forward position.  Senior 5’4” guard Lauryn Thomas led the team in assists at 4.7.

 

Nichole Garner, 5’7” junior (6.8 ppg, 3.4 reb), was often a sparkplug off the bench for the Mohawks and finished third in scoring.  Thomas says expect more from her this season.

 

 

Many coaches have had family on their team.  It’s a different scenario with Waldron with four family members going to the same home.

 

 

Waldron finished 12-12 last season and the team’s point differential reflected that as the Mohawks averaged 43.3 ppg while giving up just 42.2 on the defensive end  If the Mohawks can elevate team shooting percentages over last year (35% FG, 25% 3-pt FG, and 53% FT) it could be a special season for the Mohawks in 2020-21.

 

Waldron opens the season Tuesday at home vs Shelbyville on GIANT fm Sports.

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