Circle girls coach Brian Henry thinks his team is ready for big things. Circle finished 13-9 last season and returns eight lettermen, including four starters.
"We feel real confident right now," Henry said. "We return a good core and we had a great summer workout."
Leading the core is AV-CTL Division IV MVP Kyrstie Ehm. The 5-foot-10 junior led the team with 15.8 points. And while she's a known scorer, she's also a force rebounding (8.4) and in the passing lanes (2.5 assists).
"She just has a real nose for the ball," Henry said. "She does a good job with everything."
Though Ehm plays a key role in the team's success, she isn't the only reason Circle is successful.
Hannah Flaming (5-10) is the team's post presence and will also have to attack the boards, Henry said. Also helping out in the post will be Taci Richard and Amy Crain.
"We are a guard-oriented offense, but she is definitely needed," Henry said. "She gets us second-chance opportunities and those are important to any basketball team."
Defensively, the Thunderbirds will continue to rely on pressure defense and forcing turnovers.
"We have to play well together. We've grown from last season and if we continue to grow should have a pretty good year," Henry said.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Rose Hill’s physical nature phsyicality makes up for its lack of size, and Shirley and Rapp, both undersized, combined to average more than 15 rebounds. Brown was a deadly outside shooter with a quick release, making 35 three-pointers last season. But Rose Hill will still rely on its perimeter game. “They’re not bad outside shooters,” Stone said. “But we still have that problem we had last year. We don’t have that strong, skilled inside player that can average eight or 10 points per game.”