Blue Hill —Mixing experience and new faces, the George Stevens varsity girls basketball team starts out the season with two strong forwards, senior Morgan Dauk and junior Mazie Smallidge, but minus two seasoned guards.
“We lost seven players last year,” Coach Bill Case said Monday, December 6, with the Eagles traveling that afternoon for a scrimmage against Central. “We are re-doing the guards, that’s a little bit of a struggle.”
The team may lack depth in varsity experience but is “probably more athletic,” Case said. “Morgan has kind of taken a leadership role. She’s been terrific with the younger girls. She’s good enough to make all the girls better.”
Dauk is also poised to hit 1,000 points within the first three games of the season.
“What we’re going to see is a lot of double teams on her,” Case said.
George Stevens split its first scrimmages, losing heavily to John Bapst but scoring a victory over Orono, as Case tested his newer players out on the court.
Starting for GSA are Dauk and Smallidge, but Case hasn’t yet committed to the three guard positions.
The girls are working on their defensive strategy, and Case said the team will use “ a lot more full court defense.”
On offense, he’s looking to senior Emma Crosby and sophomore Mallory Charette to shoot from outside the three-point line.
“Emma has developed a really good three-point shot,” he said. “We need some outside shooting.”
Junior Hannah Peasley is out with back issues, “a serious loss,” Case said, while freshmen Saylor Grant and Vanessa Sherwood are swinging up from the junior varsity team.
“[The team] is very enthusiastic,” Case said. “They just need some experience.”
The Eagles open their season at Deer Isle-Stonington on Friday, December 9, at 5:30 p.m.