Baker Begins 17th Season at MC
By KIM NORTH
WOODSFIELD — Troy Baker begins his 17th year at Monroe Central with only three returning letterwinners, but the veteran head coach likes the potential his squad possesses.
The Seminoles were 10-13 last winter and lost three mainstays in Allison Kuhn, Taryn Burkhart and Gracie Gardner.
“We have some girls with some size and have a few who can shoot it pretty well, but we’re very young and inexperienced. We only have three girls, and they combined to average 10 points last year,” Baker said. “We will have to play much better team ball than we did last year and look for some younger kids to step up and help in our scoring.”
Junior Sydney Yoho, a 5-foot-4 guard, is the lone starter back from last year.
“She got stronger and more confident over the summer,” Baker said. “She’s much better at finishing and getting ball to post players. A very competitive player.”
Classmate Kirsten Friday, a 5-8 guard/forward, is another returning letterwinner.
“Kirsten makes everyone around her better. She can handle the ball or go inside and post up. She’s very versatile,” Baker said.
Sophomore Sierra Rainey, a 5-4 guard, rounds out the returnees.
“She’s quick and is a very good ballhandler,” Baker said. “She will be relied on to be a scorer for us.”
Monroe Central has three seniors, a junior, seven sophomores and a pair of freshman that make up the rest of the roster.
The seniors are Cassidy Rainey, 5-6 guard/forward, who didn’t play last year; Rose Lucio, 5-4 guard, who hasn’t played basketball since grade school; and Brittany Moore, a 5-4 guard, who hasn’t played at the high school level
“Rose and Brittany have some catching up to do but they have great potential,” Baker said.
Junior Myranda Secrest. a 5-4, guard is a hard worker and will play mostly jayvee, according to Baker.
The sophomore class is where the Seminoles’ strength lies. They include Amy Bettinger, a 5-11 forward; Haven Dick, a 5-10 forward; Allee Zwick, a 5-5 guard; Gracie Gehrig, a 5-4, guard; Alysse Steed, a 5-7 forward; Darrien Grubb, a 5-7 guard/forward; and Hannah McKelvey, a 5-6 guard/forward.
“Bettinger and Dick are potential starters,” Baker pointed out. “Amy has great work ethic and is a good shooter, while Haven has great length and is a floor-runner. She has a lot of potential.
“Allee is a very court-savvy basketball player. She sees the floor very well and is an unselfish player. She will probably be the sixth man between her and Cassidy.
“Gracie is quick and improving every day. She may see some varsity action.
“Alysse is a hard worker, a very physical girl. Darrien was hurt last year. She’s a very versatile girl who knows how to score in a variety of ways, and Hannah is a great kid and with an excellent attitude.”
The freshmen are Morgan Kendall, a 5-3 guard, and Gillian Leonard, a 5-5 guard.
Baker is assisted by Paris Yoho and Doug Yoho.
Nov. 25: at River 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2: at Frontier 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4: at Shadyside 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: Fort Frye 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9: St. Clairsville 1 p.m.
Dec. 11: at Barnesville 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: Bridgeport 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 18: at Magnolia 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21: Caldwell 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30: River 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8: Barnesville 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11: Shadyside 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11: at Shenandoah 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15: Magnolia 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: Union Local 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20: at Bridgeport 1 p.m.
Jan. 22: Frontier 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: at Fort Frye 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: at Caldwell 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1: Shenandoah 7:30 p.m.