2015-16 Canfield Girls’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Canfield Cardinals’ Girls’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Matt Reel, 1st season
Record: 19-4 (9-1), 1st in AAC Red Division

Season in Review
In coach Pat Pavlansky’s final season, Canfield got out of the gates slowly as they lost their first two contests to New Philadelphia (50-37) and to West Branch (58-44). However, the Lady Cardinals rebounded to win 19 of their next 20 games as they won the All-American Conference Red Division with a 9-1 league mark. Canfield ran into Hoover again as they were eliminated by the Lady Vikings in 2014 in the District Final (76-34) and again last winter in the Sectional Final (54-35).

Rachel Tinkey led the Cardinals in scoring with a 14 points per game average and finished well above the 1,000-point plateau or her career.

2014-15 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 54.9
Scoring Defense: 41.8

Key Losses
Rachel Tinkey
Lynnae Whitehead
Erin Risner
Savannah Barko
Emily Ellis

Key Returnees
In June, Matt Reel was officially named the head coach of the girls’ basketball program at Canfield. Matt, son of the late Ken Reel who coached more than two decades in Canfield, spent the past few seasons as the junior varsity coach.

“We’ll be playing a lot of players with no varsity experience,” says coach Reel. “Currently there are spots wide open because of our five graduating seniors. As coaches – we are excited about the competitiveness and athleticism of this team.”

Ashley Kaleel (Sr)
Alexandra Stanic (Jr)
Jill Baker (So)

2015-16 Schedule
Nov. 21 – New Philadelphia, 7
Nov. 25 – at West Branch, 7:30
Nov. 28 – at Warren Harding, 7
Nov. 30 – Ravenna, 7
Dec. 2 – at Lakeside, 7
Dec. 9 – Howland, 7
Dec. 12 – East, 7
Dec. 16 – at Boardman, 7
Dec. 19 – at Struthers, 2:30
Dec. 30 – Chardon, 7
Jan. 2 – at Lake, 12:30
Jan. 6 – at Louisville, 7:30
Jan. 9 – Fitch, 7
Jan. 13 – Warren Harding, 7
Jan. 16 – Lakeside, 7
Jan. 20 – Lakeview, 7
Jan. 23 – at Howland, 1
Jan. 27 – at East, 7
Feb. 1 – Boardman, 7
Feb. 3 – at Poland, 7
Feb. 8 – at Fitch, 7
Feb. 11 – at South Range, 7:30

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 3 (1991, 1992, 2001)
…Last year, Canfield was eliminated from the post-season in their first playoff game. The last time that happened was in 2010. The Lady Cardinals had reached the Division II Regional round in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013 (eliminated both years by Hathaway Brown).

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