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Eden Christian girls basketball teams look to overcome lack of depth

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By Karen Kadilak
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

A lack of depth is expected to hinder the Eden Christian girls basketball team (0-2) this year.

The Warriors do not have as many players as in previous seasons.

“We're going to have to avoid injuries and stay out of foul trouble,” coach Steve Good said.

Eden Christian played a Section 2-A game against Imani earlier this week.

Results were not available before this edition's deadline.

Eden Christian lost to Ambridge and South Fayette, both of Class AAA, in nonsection games.

The Warriors play at Cornell in a nonsection game Friday.

Their next section game will be against North Catholic in two weeks.

Eden Christian suffered a big loss when Aila Bradford graduated. Bradford averaged 15 points in leading the Warriors to their first WPIAL playoff appearance last season.

Junior point guard Abbie Bazzoli (12 points per game) is the Warriors' top scorer so far this season.

Sophomore center Nicole Hauskins is averaging about eight in her first year as a starter.

Bazzoli leads a strong backcourt that includes junior Jenna Santoro and senior Lydia Manges.

Santoro averaged about eight points last year.

Manges is a superb passer, Good said.

In her first year as a starter, junior forward Sarah Aiken said the three guards have been helpful.

“They've really encouraged me,” Aiken said.

“I want everybody to play well,” said Manges, noting the importance of returning to the playoffs in her final season.

Sophomore forward Leah Bovard and senior guard Paige Clary also will play.

Eden Christian lost to Jefferson Morgan, 29-25, early in the WPIAL tournament a year ago.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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