2016-17 West Middlesex Girls’ Basketball Preview

West Middlesex returns four starters from last year's 25-win team.

West Middlesex Big Red High School Basketball - West Middlesex, PA

2016-17 West Middlesex Girls’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Mike Williams, 4th season
2015-16 Record: 25-2 (12-0), 1st place Region 2

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2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 57.7
Scoring Defense: 36.3
Rebounding: 30.3
Field Goal Percentage: 38.2%
Three-Point Percentage: 30.1%
Free Throw Percentage: 58.8%

2015-16 Results
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 39 Ms. Reds 22*
Ms. Reds 57 Chartiers-Houston 43*
Ms. Reds 50 Harbor Creek 38*
Ms. Reds 41 Cambridge Springs 33*
Ms. Reds 49 Northwestern 33*
Ms. Reds 77 Sharpsville 54
Ms. Reds 77 Lakeview 43
Ms. Reds 65 Greenville 28
Ms. Reds 35 Mercer 25
Ms. Reds 79 Sharon 45
Ms. Reds 54 Wilmington 35
Ms. Reds 75 Sharpsville 44
Ms. Reds 64 Lakeview 33
Ms. Reds 52 Greenville 49
Ms. Reds 65 Northwestern 31
Ms. Reds 64 Mercer 34
Hickory 34 Ms. Reds 28
Ms. Reds 68 Karns City 58
Ms. Reds 52 Cambridge Springs 38
Ms. Reds 67 Sharon 27
Ms. Reds 61 Quigley Catholic 44
Ms. Reds 46 Wilmington 24
Ms. Reds 55 Farrell 47
Ms. Reds 42 Girard 32
Ms. Reds 91 Jamestown 2
Ms. Reds 53 Reynolds 31
Ms. Reds 69 Allegheny-Clarion Valley 35
*-Playoff game

Returning Statistical Leaders
Scoring: Delaney Dogan – 12.7
Rebounding: Allie Staunch – 7.3
Assists: Delaney Dogan – 3.7
Field Goal Percentage: Mackenzie MacKay – 48.2% (124-257)
Three-Point Percentage: Delaney Dogan – 36.4% (28-77)
Free Throw Percentage: Delaney Dogan – 70.1% (94-134)

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 9 – Kiwanis Tip-Off Tournament (Wilmington), 7:30
Dec. 10 – Kiwanis Tip-Off Tournament, 7:30
Dec. 12 – Neshannock, 7:30
Dec. 15 – at Kennedy Catholic, 7:30
Dec. 17 – at Mohawk (Hoops for the Cure Classic at Geneva College), 3:30
Dec. 21 – Farrell, 7:30
Dec. 28 – Sally Ward Tournament at Hickory, 6
Dec. 29 – Sally Ward Tournament at Hickory, 6
Jan. 3 – at Greenville, 7:30
Jan. 5 – at Commodore Perry, 7:30
Jan. 9 – Reynolds, 7:30
Jan. 12 – at Rocky Grove, 7:30
Jan. 14 – vs. Villa Maria Academy (Hoops for the Cure Classic at Slippery Rock University), 12:30
Jan. 16 – at Jamestown, 7:30
Jan. 19 – Mercer, 7:30
Jan. 23 – Kennedy Catholic, 7:30
Jan. 26 – at Farrell, 7:30
Jan. 30 – Commodore Perry, 7:30
Feb. 2 – at Reynolds, 7:30
Feb. 6 – Rocky Grove, 7:30
Feb. 9 – Jamestown, 7:30
Feb. 13 – at Mercer, 7:30

Key Returnees
Three seniors lead the group into the 2016-17 campaign. Noelle Murray was a 2nd-team All-Region 2 recipient last year after leading the Big Reds with 74 steals and adding 4.8 points per game. Coach Mike Williams adds, “Noelle is our toughest kid, she draws the responsibility of guarding the top opposing player.” Gretchen Elsy connected on 25 three-point shots (30.5%) and 6.3 points per contest. “Gretchen runs our pressing sets,” comments Williams. “She reacts very well to the ball, moves instinctively and gets opposing teams frustrated with her activity.” Allie Staunch, who was hampered by an ankle injury, still put together a solid stat line of 6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. “Allie does a little of everything for us,” says Williams. “She supplies lots and lots of emotion to our cause. She hits the glass like crazy.” Junior Delaney Dogan (12.7 ppg, 3.7 apg, 4.1 rpg) and MacKenzie MacKay (12.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg) both were First-Team All-Region 2 picks a year ago. “Delaney is a huge issue for opposing teams,” indicates Williams. “Her length makes her difficult for smaller players, while her ball handling is a difficulty for bigger players. We can put her in a variety of offensive scenarios depending on our needs and our opponents. Mackenzie continues to flourish in her role. She has really come a long way in terms of her rebounding and team defense. These two should carry much of our scoring load again this year.”

Outlook
Last year was a monumental season for the West Middlesex girls’ basketball program. They won 25-games and captured their first District 10 championship in school history while advancing the Class AA Sweet 16 in the State Bracket. With everyone returning but Morgan Atterholt (7.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg), coach Williams views this year as what could be another historic run. “We got a taste of success last season. We feel we can make a deeper run this Spring as we have some very high goals.”

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