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Minerva-Newcomb girls basketball

Gabrielle McNally gets ready to shoot a foul shot against Crown Point in a game last season. She will be expected to score and control the lane on defense, according to Coach Matt Winslow. The Mountaineers begin their season with a Dec. 5 home game against the Crown Point Panthers.

Gabrielle McNally gets ready to shoot a foul shot against Crown Point in a game last season. She will be expected to score and control the lane on defense, according to Coach Matt Winslow. The Mountaineers begin their season with a Dec. 5 home game against the Crown Point Panthers. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

M-N Girls Basketball Schedule

Dec. 5 Crown Point

Dec. 11 Indian Lake-Long Lake

Dec. 14 @Schroon Lake

Dec. 19 @Keene

Jan. 4 Johnsburg

Jan. 9 Wells

Jan. 11 Willsboro

Jan. 15 @Crown Point

Jan. 18 @Elizabethtown-Lewis

Jan. 25 Chazy

Jan. 29 @Indian L.-Long L.

Jan. 31 Keene

Feb. 6 @Johnsburg

Feb. 8 @Westport

Feb. 12 @Wells

— The Minerva-Newcomb girls basketball team will try to improve on their last season’s record of 12-6.

Coach Matt Winslow said he lost Rebecca Bolan, Renna Yandon and Brianna Hammond to graduation, but he has seven returning players and 10 new ones, including some foreign exchange students.

“This year’s team has an interesting mixture of experience,” Winslow said. “I have six or seven girls with at least two years of varsity experience. A few more with some modified experience and a few girls with very limited basketball experience.”

With a large squad of 17 players, the Lady Mountaineers have youth on their side.

“We have one lone senior on this year’s team so we are hoping to build for the future,” Winslow said. “I believe we can make some noise in the division and surprise some teams this year. That will depend on how well our players respond to playing at the varsity level.”

Ashley Miller will score with short jumpers and provide solid defensive. Gabrielle McNally will be expected to score and control the lane on defense. Dakota Bennett is a rock solid defender and will score in transition. Makenzie Winslow will be the primary ball handler who will score from distance as well as in transition. Nicole Rubertone will clean up the garbage inside as well as defend and rebound. Rachel Bush, Rebecca Marra, Angela McCall, Emily Marra and Danielle McNally will make positive contributions. The rest of the team should come around with more practice.

“We should end up somewhere in the middle of the pack in the division this year,” Winslow said.

The team begins its regular season on Wednesday, Dec. 5 with a home game against Crown Point.

ROSTER - M-N Girls Basketball

Ashley Miller

Dakota Bennett

Gabrielle McNally

Makenzie Winslow

Nicole Rubertone

Rebecca Marra

Rachel Bush

Angela McCall

Emily Marra

Samanthe Teders

Natalia Espana

Pranchanok Thapthanee

Tania Espana

Maria Piva

Sohee Yoo

Riyo Onishi

Danielle McNally

Head Coach: Matt Winslow

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