Talent not lacking, but depth is for AHS cagers

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Aurora -- Although the 2012-13 Greenmen girls basketball team boasts two girls who averaged in double figures last year, coach Ericka Schultz says depth is a concern.

"We have a great group of girls, especially the senior class, who are willing to work hard for their goals," said Schultz. "But depth may be a concern this year."

Aurora went 12-9 overall and 6-4 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division last season. Schultz is in her fifth season, with a 42-42 mark in her first four.

Forward Allison Howard averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds a game last year, while 6-foot forward Camilla Brown averaged 10.5 and 7, respectively. Both are seniors.

Also returning at forward is 5-8 senior Maddie Gilley.

"They are all returning forwards who will make up most of our inside play," said Schultz. "Allison and Camilla have a big presence inside and can attack the rim going either way. Maddie is coming on strong this season with some nice post play."

Junior letterman Liz Domeck (5-7) also is vying for time in the frontcourt.

The Greenmen also have a veteran backcourt bolstered by newcomer Alexa DeBord (5-2 senior), who transferred from Walsh Jesuit and likely will play point guard.

Returnees include 5-9 senior Erin McNamara and 5-8 junior Hanna Garnek. Senior Danielle Lasky (5-3) and junior Kali Bachman (5-6) will provide depth in the backcourt.

"Alexa is a senior point guard who will give us reliable ball handling," Schultz said.

Other newcomers are freshman Maria Mims, who Schultz said may get some varsity minutes, and freshman Logan Huffman. "Mims is quick and can get to the rim to finish," she noted.

A final player listed on the varsity roster at the start of the season is sophomore Savannah Alonso.

The coach said she wants an offense that "ideally will be aggressive and attack the rim. We need to get the ball inside and develop an inside-out game."

Defensively, while the schemes may change, Schultz said her team will do one thing consistently: Play hard and aggressive.

Two lettermen from last year's team who graduated are Allison Blackley and Aubrey Heiskell.

About the CVC Chagrin Division, Schultz said, "Our league is going to be tough. We are going to have to play well to compete."

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