Avoiding injuries is critical for Indians
Injuries devastated the North East girls’ basketball team a season ago.
As long as it can avoid them this season, secondyear coach Chris Hadjis believes his team is in for a much more successful year.
“What we need to do is stay healthy and stay focused. Just by staying healthy, we’ll actually be able to have everybody in practice,” he said. “Last year, we had kids in and out injured all the time so we were practicing with six or seven people at a time and we just couldn’t get anything flowing. We couldn’t get any rhythm.”
Hadjis named four seniors – Anna Gamble, Briana Handy, Kaitlyn Stewart and Loren Deaver – as the group he expects to lead the Indians as they look to improve upon last year’s 5-14 regularseason record.
“Our seniors are going to step up in the leadership role and contribute that way,” he said.
North East will have to replace its lone All-County honorable mention performer from last season in Brianna Christie.
The Indians entered February of 2016 with a single win over the season’s first two months, but won four of their final eight games. They’ll look to carry some of that momentum into the new campaign.
“Everybody comes and everybody works hard,” Hadjis said. “We have a lot of young talent, our freshman class has a lot of players that can change this fu- ture of this team. The kids really want to play, they want to learn and are very coachable.”
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Senior Kaitlyn Stewart, left, returns to the North East girls’ basketball team this winter.