Varsity Basketball

GODDARD GIRLS: Not worried about replacing Keller

Goddard girls coach Lee Keller has the answer for how the Lions will replace four-year starter Lindsey Keller, his daughter.

"We don't," Keller said. "We won't have that big inside presence, so we will have to play differently."

While Keller provided most of the points and rebounding for the Lions, this year's squad will have to be more balanced if Goddard is to make its third straight appearance in the state tournament.

Leading this year's team is Kjia Hart. The 5-foot-9 junior was the second-leading scorer last season, averaging close to 10 points. While the scoring won't be on her shoulders alone, Keller does expect to see that number rise.

"She really came on midway through the year last season," Keller said. "She's runs the floor really well. She's a slasher who can penetrate and create things."

Another guard who Keller expects to make an impact is point guard Deedra Richard (5-6). As the point guard, she won't be expected to score as much as she'll be counted on to facilitate the offense and be the team's defensive leader.

"We've really emphasized defense and that starts with the guards," Keller said. "She's very intense and has the body to keep opposing guards from getting past her."

It will have to be a total team effort on all accounts, Keller said, with Hannah Puthoff (5-10) leading the rebounding efforts.

"Everyone's going to have to carry their share," Keller said. "Their eager and have been working hard."

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McDowell and Cott will also play important roles, different from a season ago. “Both got limited playing time last year at the varsity level, but were leaders on our junior varsity team,” Blue said. “They are seniors who are hungry.”

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