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After dominant start, Lady Lions prepped for Orange

Lily Whalen

Lily Whalen Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions have started the 2012-13 season in dominating fashion, averaging over 50 points per game while holding opponents to less than 20.

A great start for a team that made the Section VII/Class D finals one year ago and is looking for a chance to get back to the PSUC Fieldhouse.

The squad is led by a core of players who have been together for four years at the varsity level.

“We have played together four years on varsity,” Shonna Brooks said. “That has been the biggest thing.”

“We know each other and we know how to play together,” Lily Whalen said.

“We know each other’s strengths and we know our weaknesses,” Kearsten Ashline said. “We know what makes each other tick.”

“This group has come together with the understanding that if they are going to do anything this season, they have to do it as a group,” head coach Don Ratliff said. “They know that the assist is just as valuable, if not more, as the basket.”

The Lions have spread the wealth so far, with seven players already in double digits and 10 scoring overall.

“There is no separation as far as a first or second team,” Ashline said. “Everyone contributes.”

“We have a lot of depth and everyone has stepped up so far this year,” Brooks said. “Jasmin Barnes has matured so much and has been a big key for this team.”

The Lions have also been strong on the defensive side of the ball.

“Our press has been effective,” Ratliff said. “We have worked hard to keep the other team out of the lane and we rebound well. We have not given teams a lot of second chances on the boards.”

“Defense is the most important part of our game if we are going to be successful,” Whalen said.

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