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Michelle Meyer returns as the only starter from last season.
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Team

CCC

ALL

Franklin Monroe

11-0

15-5

Covington

10-1

20-4

Tri-Village

9-2

16-5

Arcanum

8-3

17-4

Mississinawa Valley

7-4

10-11

Twin Valley South

6-5

9-11

National Trail

4-6

7-11

Bradford

3-8

7-11

Ansonia

3-8

4-15

Bethel

2-7

5-12

Tri-County North

1-9

3-15

Newton

0-10

0-19

It's always an outstanding season when you can finish with a 22-3 record and make it to the regional finals. A season like that puts your program on the map, but it also puts a bulls-eye on your chest.

The 2004-05 Lady Buccs enter the season as the team everyone will look to knock off. They will also enter the season faced with the task of filling holes left by four starters lost to graduation.

The lone returning starter is junior, Michelle Meyer, a 5'9" guard. Meyer led the Lady Buccs in scoring the past two seasons and had an outstanding season last year with 372 points. Michelle also brings more than scoring to her game as she is a solid defender and distributes the ball very well.

Joining Meyer in the wing position will be senior, Mandy Kuharik. Mandy played a significant role a year ago coming off the bench to score 28 points and pulling down 39 rebounds.

Senior Caitlin Sargent will start in the post for the Lady Buccs. Sargent had an outstanding year last season coming off the bench by grabbing 104 rebounds, fourth on the team. Caitlin also kncoked down 66 points as well.

Joining Sargent in the middle will be 5'9" sophomore, Alex Christian. After a year of junior varsity playing time under her belt, Christian is prime for an outstanding year at the varsity level.

Replacing the athleticism and ball-handling skills of Heather Fields will be difficult, but sophomore, Ashley Johnson is up to the task. Johnson takes over at the point and gives the Lady Buccs an all-around excellent athlete who can shoot the outside shot or penetrate to the basket. Ashley earned her stripes last year by running the show at the junior varsity level. If her game doesn't drop off at the varsity level, the Lady Buccs will be in good hands.

Providing depth for the Lady Buccs will be senior Tara Plank, and sophomores Andrea Meyer, Michelle Barhorst, Chelsea Tebbe, LauriKate Bayman, and Megan Richardson.

As in years past, defense will be the name of the game for the Lady Buccs. Last season the Lady Buccs established a new school record for points allowed per game with 31.5. They also set a record by forcing 24 turnovers per game. The good half-court man defense will continue to be the cornerstone of the Lady Buccs and their success will depend on how well they play defense.

Offensively, production will be needed from the entire line-up, because many teams will be looking to stop Michelle Meyer. The maturity of Ashley Johnson is key because she will be counted on to distribute the ball, and on occassion, score from the outside or inside the paint in heavy traffic.

The impact of the inside game will also be key to the Lady Buccs success. Last season the Lady Buccs had two solid players in the paint with Meredith Besecker and Audrey Doseck. Now, the Lady Buccs will rely on Caitlin Sargent and Alex Christian to do the "so caled" dirty work. How well the get position under the boards and box out will be the key inside.

The Cross County Conference is loaded at the top. Franklin Monroe looks to be the favorite, returning a strong line-up with many players returning from last year. Arcanum, Tri-Village and Mississinawa Valley will also be teams who are expected to challange for the top spot.

The non-league schedule is also tough, which should again prepare the Lady Buccs for the tournament come March. Non-league opponents consist of Versailles, New Bremen, Russia, Jackson Center, Miami East, Fairlawn, and the defending state champs, Minster.