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Holy Cross Girls Basketball Preview
11/8/2006 - by Holy Cross School
Coming off a season in which the Lady Indians captured their third straight All “A” 9th Region championship and second straight 35th District Championship, the 2006-07 squad is looking to continue the tradition of staying competitive with the best teams in Northern Kentucky. Last year Kristin Bibbins, a junior guard, emerged during the season as a player with good instincts and the ability to run the offense for the Indians. She will continue that role this season with a good deal of Varsity experience. Her ability to penetrate and distribute the ball will be key during the early part of the season. The point guard spot was a rotating one last year due to injuries to both junior Brooke Lantry and sophomore Anna Noll. Both players are now healthy and will be a major part of the offensive scheme throughout the season. Stephanie Howard, a 5’11” sophomore forward, gained valuable experience last season and has the ability to use her athleticism on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor.

Strengths and Weaknesses
The unknown will be both a strength and a weakness for the Lady Indians this season. Gone from last season are four varsity starters and the majority of scoring from last year’s squad. Rachel Lantry, now playing at Northern Kentucky University, concluded an exceptional career last season, scoring over 2000 career points.

The major strength of this team is overall athletic ability, which should lead to a strong defensive team. Overall team speed and ability to defend should allow this team to limit scoring opportunities against opponents. An up-tempo style of play will be emphasized on both offense and defense, allowing for more scoring opportunities in transition. The ability of a number of players in a variety of different positions to score will provide a balanced attack offensively.

The major weakness of this team will be the lack of a dominant player in the post position. There are a number of players that have the ability to step into that role, but those players have a limited amount of varsity experience. As the season progresses, the experience gained in 9th region play should groom players for tournament play.

Top Returning Players
Kristin Bibbins (3.2 pts per game; 2.8 steals per game)
Brooke Lantry (2.7 pts per game; 1.6 assists per game)
Anna Noll (5.3 pts per game; 3.2 rebounds per game)

Coach Rob Kues
Varsity Career Record: 171 – 98
Years: Entering tenth year
Record Last Year: 18-15
Number of Starters Returning: One


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