Hornets Hoping for Major Turnaround
The Hundred Hornets Girls Basketball team is looking to build for the future with two (5-2) returning sophomore starters in Rachel Snedden and Addie Tuttle. They also return (6-0) junior center Mahalah Britton.
And when they add returning junior letter-winners Kayla Matthews (5-1) and Kayley Davis (5-5) plus their lone (5-4) senior Sydney Duckworth, they should be very competitive in most of their games.
Gone from last seasons squad were Katherine Henderson and Emily Metz who were the Hornets’ one-two punch for the last couple of years, but 8-year Head Coach Steve Dakan will now rely on the dynamic duo of Snedden and Tuttle to take over and fill those slots.
Junior center Britton, can, and will, score in a hurry, as well as being a great shot blocker. She is also a pretty talented foul shooter who can deliver off to her teammates..
The Hornets coaching staff of Dakan and LeeAnn Snedden will look to use a 3-guard line-up with Tuttle, Snedden and Duckworth bringing the ball up. They each have the skill to do so, along with handling any presses that comes their way. Snedden and Tuttle are both aggressive and quick, and will be a pair of pesky guards that will make life miserable for opposing teams with their aggressive defensive play.
With these two ladies along with Britton, Duckworth and Davis the Hornets have the makings of a pretty good starting five.
But, the young Hornets will need a nice bunch of teammates to fill in and give the starters a break.
Matthews looks to be the first off the bench to spell Davis at forward and has been working on her ball handling and passing during the summer, while fine-tuning her shooting skills.
Duckworth is a new player on the team, and will be the Lady Hornets third guard who will be counted on both offensively as well as defensively. At North Marion, she injured her knee and didn’t get much time to make any projections on what she can do. “In practice, she is a leader, and she is showing that if she can stay injury free, she most definitely going to help,” stated Coach Dakan. “During practice and a couple scrimmages so far she looks to be the real-deal, and can play all phases of the game.
Davis and Matthews will provide some added depth. They both can shoot the rock, shuffle their feet and play some good old-fashioned defense.
The Hornets do have two freshmen on the team in Alyssa Yocum and Kinsey Stoneking to give the Hornets stability. Sophomore Kayla Aracich (5-7) looks to spell Britton at center. Aracich is new to the game, but runs the floor well, boxes out, can rebound and can shoot the short jumper.
If Snedden and Tuttle can stay out of foul trouble with their aggressive defensive play, and take care of the ball, it will give Hundred a chance to be in most games. The same goes for Britton, if she can keep out of foul trouble with her defensive play, this group of girls just might make some noise, in both the Mason-Dixon and OVAC Class-1A.
And, if Duckworth can stay healthy in her senior year, and add some added punch on offense good things are on the horizon.
For the first time in years, they have a team that can press and give opposing teams fits, which could lead the Hornets to higher scoring nights.
“We are a young team and are looking to build a nice program, we will get better every day,” said HHS Head Coach Steve Dakan. “I like what I see and what I have. All these girls have worked extremely hard over the summer, and I just hope it pays off with more wins than losses.”
If the Big 3 can handle the load, and Duckworth can regain her mobility from her junior season, the Hornets will be stinging more than being stung this season.
Projected season: 12-11