2016-17 Struthers Girls’ Basketball Preview

Struthers begins the 2016-17 season with a matchup with Girard.

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2016-17 Struthers Girls’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: John Grandy
2015-16 Record: 12-11

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2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 49.7
Scoring Defense: 43.0
Rebounding: 33.7
Field Goal Percentage: 32.6%
Three-Point Percentage: 24.8%
Free Throw Percentage: 44.4%

2015-16 Results
Ravenna 59 Wildcats 40*
Wildcats 66 Liberty 46
Wildcats 44 Girard 35
Harding 39 Wildcats 37
Wildcats 67 Edgewood 24
Wildcats 60 Jefferson 44
Fitch 45 Wildcats 44
Wildcats 62 Hubbard 12
Wildcats 46 Niles 35
Poland 53 Wildcats 44
Brookfield 44 Wildcats 43
Lakeview 54 Wildcats 51
Wildcats 61 Campbell Memorial 14
Poland 68 Wildcats 49
Fitch 72 Wildcats 27
Canfield 48 Wildcats 45
Wildcats 50 Jefferson 41
South Range 60 Wildcats 28
Wildcats 56 Hubbard 32
Wildcats 56 Edgewood 23
Wildcats 39 Niles 34
Wildcats 64 Lordstown 37
Lakeview 70 Wildcats 63
*-Playoff game

Returning Statistical Leaders
Scoring: Alexis Bury – 13.4
Rebounding: Khaylah Brown – 9.5
Assists: Alexis Bury – 2.4
Field Goal Percentage: Trinity McDowell – 44.1% (30-68)
Three-Point Percentage: Alexis Bury – 28.7% (29-101)
Free Throw Percentage: Karli Shives – 56.5% (13-23)

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 3 – Girard, 2:30
Dec. 7 – at Fitch, 7
Dec. 10 – Jackson-Milton, 4:30
Dec. 12 – Hubbard, 7
Dec. 17 – Niles, 2:30
Dec. 21 – Newton Falls, 7
Dec. 23 – at Campbell Memorial, 6
Dec. 28 – at Poland, 7
Jan. 4 – at Edgewood, 7
Jan. 7 – Lakeside, 2:30
Jan. 11 – Boardman, 7
Jan. 14 – at Hubbard, 2:30
Jan. 18 – Liberty, 7
Jan. 21 – Lakeview, 2:30
Jan. 25 – Jefferson, 7
Jan. 28 – at Niles, 2:30
Jan. 30 – at Brookfield, 7
Feb. 1 – at East, 7
Feb. 4 – Poland, 2:30
Feb. 8 – Edgewood, 7
Feb. 11 – at Lakeside, 2:30

Key Returnees
Khayla Brown and Alexis Bury lead a strong junior class back into the fold for coach Grandy’s bunch in the 2016-17 season. Brown averaged a double-double as a sophomore (9.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg) as she also swiped 2.9 steals per game. Bury led the team in scoring (13.4), assists (2.4) and steals (3.3). Another junior who will be a key contributor is Michelle Buser – who appeared in each game last year as she scored 6.1 points and grabbed 2.9 boards. The Lady Wildcats welcome back a pair of seniors in Torre Smrek (2.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Karli Shives (3.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg). Sophomore center Trinity McDowell also returns after a freshman campaign which saw #23 averaged 4.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Outlook
The Lady Wildcats are looking to avenge their last two playoff finishes. Struthers failed to post a playoff win in each of the last two seasons. Prior to their 2015 loss to Southeast in the Sectional Final, the Lady ‘Cats had won at least one playoff game in each of their last eight trips to the post-season. Despite the loss of Caitlin Kane (11.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg), Struthers returns a lot of experience even though they only return two seniors.

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