The Delaware Christian girls basketball team has some big shoes to fill.
The Eagles return five from last year’s squad, which finished 15-9 overall and second in the MOCAL behind Granville Christian.
Erin McCullough, Elizabeth Blackburn and Liz Sullivan graduated, though. McCullough leaves really big shoes to fill, especially in the post.
“We scored close to 44 points last year … 9.1 points return,” DCS coach Jackie Boggs said. “So, we’re down scoring and that’s going to be the big thing: who’s going to step up and score.”
Sophomore Hannah Mauer, senior Abbey Evans and freshman Lyssi Snouffer stand at 5-foot-9 each, making them the tallest on the squad.
Boggs believes this team will be more balanced than before, but at the same time, doesn’t know who will be a consistent scoring threat.
“We’ve always relied on Erin scoring a ton of points for us,” Boggs said. “Honestly, every night could be somebody different. Of the eight, all are capable of being the high scorer, which I think will make us a better team.”
She says this squad will compete for a league title.
“I think we’re going to have a good season,” Boggs said. “I think we’re going to be good on the defensive end and offense, in scrimmages, we’re getting better.”
Seniors Caitlyn Ruminiski, Brianna Blackburn and Madie Morgan join Evans in leadership roles and are all captains. Junior Anna Fuller is the other holdover from last year’s squad.
“Madie Morgan is our only starter returning,” Boggs said. “(Blackburn) shoots extremely well … if I had to guess who my high scorer is going to be, it’s her. Ann Fuller has taken over the point guard duties. She’s never been a point guard before, so it’ll be interesting.”
Snouffer, Hannah Mauer and freshman Abbi Mauer each enter their first year on the squad.
“(Abbi Mauer) is really smart — she’s been around basketball — she just has to catch up to the speed of the game,” Boggs said. “(Snouffer) can jump really high, so we’re hoping to get a ton of rebounds out of her … and some scoring.”
Six of the team’s players just finished a historic run in volleyball, coached by Boggs, that included the school’s first district title and a school record for wins (24). The season came to a close in the regional finals Nov. 5.
“We got a late start — we are still working our way (into shape),” Boggs said. “I was thinking about that … there’s still 10 things that we haven’t even talked about.”
Delaware Christian opens at Madison Christian Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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