TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Leechburg girls welcome new faces

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Bill Shirley | For the Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg's Beth Mort goes through drills during basketball practice at Leechburg High School on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Top high school sports
By Jesse Huba
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, 12:46 a.m.
 

The code in sports when you lose a player to injury or graduation is, “next person up.”

That will be the case for the Leechburg girls basketball team after it lost four seniors to graduation.

In fact, senior Beth Mort said she was unsure whether their team would have enough players this season.

“We went on a mission to find girls that would be willing to learn or even re-learn the game,” Mort said.

“A lot of the players we have on our team have played basketball in previous years; however, it had been a long time since they had played for the team.”

Leechburg had a tough time last season, finishing 2-19, but coach Teresa Edinger expects improvement.

Leechburg will consist of just two seniors and juniors, with freshmen filling out the majority of the team. Despite the lack of veteran leadership, Edinger anticipates her players will seize their opportunities.

“We consider this a rebuilding year, and we have only two returning starters from last year's team,” Edinger said.

Two seniors — 5-foot-3 guard-forward Kenzie Young and Mort, a 5-5 forward — are expected to provide most of the leadership.

“Our strength of our team is going to be our speed,” Edinger said. “We don't have a lot of tall players this year, so we need to rely on fast breaks and quickness.”

Edinger and the rest of the team have goals and expectations ready for the season.

“We want to have a competitive year, bring more girls into the program and keep moving forward as a team,” Edinger said.

Mort said the younger players are grasping the offense quickly.

“Kenzie Young and I are seeing the great potential we have with this year's team,” Mort said. “We hope to win some games and show our school what the Leechburg girls basketball team is really capable of.”

Jesse Huba is a freelance writer.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers notebook: Shazier returns just in time
  2. Fire at Dollar General in Rostraver under control, dispatchers say
  3. Penguins notebook: Carcillo has no hard feelings after failing to make roster
  4. Script is it: Classic Pitt helmet design to return
  5. NFL notebook: Colts WR Wayne out for Sunday’s game at Steelers
  6. California University police officer alleges discrimination
  7. Fayette County woman pleads guilty to trying to kill romantic rival with SUV
  8. 2 dead, including student gunman, after Wash. school shooting
  9. Hit-run motorist in Mt. Lebanon sought
  10. Predators winger Neal caught ‘blindsided’ by trade from Penguins
  11. MLB notebook: Rays manager Maddon opts out of contract
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.