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Balance, height offset inexperience on Burgher girls basketball team

Six-foot Sophomore Ashlie Morehouse will give the Burghers height inside, something the Burghers have been lacking the last few seasons. Morehouse's development as a post player will be critical to the success of the 2009-10 season, Smith said.

Another leading newcomer is Sophomore Tessa Acuna, who is expected to contribute speed and defensive intensity as a wing player.

Rounding out the team are Sophomore Kaitlyn Cousineau, and Senior Gracie Guilder.

Cousineau, who is slated at forward, is improving fast, Smith said.

"Kaitlyn's positive attitude and work ethic are phenomenal," Smith said.

Gracie Guilder, new to our program, is sidelined by a ankle injury, but Smith said she'll soon be providing "good minutes" of play.

Despite losing the talented 2008-09 standouts Carol White, Jen Durkin, Mercedes Maltbie, Teagan Rafferty, and Katrina Edwards, the new squad is likely to compete well, he said.

Smith said he is upbeat for the season, considering the team's balance, and that the team members play with a lot of heart, determination and pride.

"With so many new players to Varsity, our biggest hurdle right now is consistency," he said. "If we can take care of the ball, play strong defense, and rebound, I think we will surprise people this year."

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