West Allis Hale girls basketball will pick up the pace
Better conditioning creates optimism for year
A productive off-season is giving West Allis Hale girls basketball head coach George Sotiros plenty of hope for 2013-14.
"I am very excited about the hard conditioning work the girls have done in the off-season," Sotiros said, "as we are looking to up the tempo on both sides of the court this year. We will try to push the ball up the floor and play relentless defense full-court much more this year.
"Athleticism, basketball IQ and conditioning are really improved this year. The players understand what we are trying to accomplish and have been working hard at getting up to speed."
Senior center Sarah Mueller is back after averaging eight points and 6.2 rebounds last season, which earned her all-Greater Metro Conference honorable mention.
"She is a great all-around athlete, as evident in her being named conference player of the year in softball," Sotiros said. "She also offers superb leadership and is a team captain."
Other returnees are junior Katie Swofford, who is in her third year on varsity; and seniors Adalia Sexton, Kara Placzek, Delaney Mielke and Cortney Wery.
Sophomore Sam Schuh is in her first full year on varsity after playing three games at the end of last season, averaging 10.3 points.
"She has the ability to slash to the hoop as well as hit the outside shot, and she sees the floor well," Sotiros said of Schuh.
The coach said other players, such as juniors Skylar Fox and Jaime Supple, are extremely athletic and will work well in the up-tempo system. Supple earned all-state honors in volleyball.
"We will be young and have a lot of new contributors to varsity, so it will take time to develop cohesiveness and rotations, but we are very anxious to get started," Sotiros said.
The Huskies played against Kenosha Tremper on Nov. 27 and will welcome St. Thomas More at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
Their first GMC contest is Dec. 13 at home against Divine Savior Holy Angels.
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