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November 2, 2012

H.S. Girls' Basketball Preview: Local teams try and continue strong hardcourt tradition



Don’t expect the Frankston girls’ basketball team to look much like the district title-winning team from a year ago, because it won’t.

Frankston graduated seven players from last year’s team, including all five starters, and FHS coach Christi Coker will be starting over with this year’s squad.

But, that’s not to say that the Maidens don’t have players. Mallory Winkler is a senior guard who averaged more than seven points per game a year ago, while Chasity Cooper averaged seven points and almost eight rebounds in her sophomore campaign.

The Maidens should also be boosted by the return of Amanda Allen, a senior post who missed all of last season with an injury.

SEASON OPENER: 5 p.m. Nov. 13, at Grapeland


After making the playoffs and advancing to the area round in coach Tommy Cross’ first season at Cayuga, the Ladycats will look for even more success in 2012-2013.

They have the talent to do so, led by returners like Madison Spears, Kylee Cross and Molly Griffey, all of whom played significant roles in last year’s success.

Griffey, along with Shawnta Knox and Danielle Anderson, may be a bit late to the basketball party, as they try and lead Cayuga back to the state volleyball tournament.

Cayuga also gets a boost in the form of move-in Madyson Gunnels, who Dogwood Circle fans will remember as a star for Slocum in 2010-2011 as a freshman.

SEASON OPENER: 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at Overton


It’s hard to say how the Grapeland basketball team will look in 2012-2013, because first-year coach Michael Manning isn’t sure yet.

With the Sandiettes playing volleyball up until Thursday, Manning hadn’t had a chance to see his full team yet, and said he wasn’t content to go off of last year’s roster.

SEASON OPENER: 5 p.m. Nov. 13 vs. Frankston

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