MINERVA - Bruce McGinn will continue with high standards for the Lady Mountaineers in his second year of coaching the squad.
Their record from last season was 2-14 overall.
McGinn has been coaching for 34 years, 31 years of which have been for the boys teams in both Minerva and Johnsburg.
Graduated seniors Larissa Roy and Hillary Bureau left a considerable hole in the leadership of the Mountaineer's game. Deidra Palmatier also took away some size from the team.
McGinn will look to returning players Messena Green, Renna Yandon, Rebecca Bolan and Brianna Hammond to carry the team. Bolan will carry the responsibility of chipping in some points from her starting guard position. Hammond will share the guard responsibilities with Bolan.
"The returning players will need to carry the team," said McGinn.
McGinn is also looking to Freshman Gabby McNally and eighth grader Makenzie Winslow to contribute.
"They both have worked hard during the summer and it will pay off for them, he said.
Sophomore Ashley Miller and freshman Dakota Bennett will come off the bench to add some speed and aggressiveness.
McGinn looks to Indian Lake/Long Lake to be the team to beat and thinks they will take the South Division Title.
The Lady Mountaineers recently won their Turkey Tournament and are looking forward to improving, according to McGinn. He is eager to face some non-division tests like Westport and Crown Point. "They are very young and trying to adjust to a new coach," said McGinn. "I am introducing them to a whole new system of both offense and defense and we will take every game as a stepping stone."
McGinn is assisted by Kevin Bolan.