Coach has high expectations for veteran Panthers team
Mike Blizzard is excited about the experience on his Perryville girls’ basketball team.
“What I like about this team is that we do have a lot of upperclassmen,” he said. “Even coming off the bench, we will have people who, I think, at the end of the game, will be able to handle a two or three point game and not be nervous. We’ve won some game last year at the end because I was able to hang on to some timeouts and we were able to manage the game.”
He called “basketball IQ” the area where the Panthers need the most improvement, which has not been an easy area to fix because of small numbers at practice. Five players missed a practice last week to attend National Honor Society.
“Our biggest challenge right now is getting 10 healthy people to practice,” Blizzard said.
Perryville returns senior Teri Wennersten and sophomore Brianna Yadlosky down low to anchor the front court.
“This year, you just see a different confidence about her,” Blizzard said of Yadlowksy. “Teri will continue to get better. We expect a few more points from her each game.”
Blizzard mentioned two more players that he has high expectations for.
“Bea Muscella, off of JV, is probably going to end up starting for us. She’s been very, very impressive. Physically and mentally, she picks up things very quick. She’s got great hands defensively,” he said. “Nikki Hill, she really came from obscurity last year and then started two of our last three games because she was so good defensively. This year, she’s going to offer us a little bit more offensively, but she’s always going to play the other team’s best player.”
Blizzard called winning the Susquehanna Division a “reasonable goal” for the Panthers. Their toughest competition to do so could come from their fiercest rivals: Bohemia Manor.
The two teams split the regular-season series, but Perryville edged the Eagles, 46-42, in a 1A playoff classic back in March.
“Those games are like Ravens-Steelers games,” Blizzard said of the rivalry. “It doesn’t matter what you have, any team can win that game.”
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Senior forward Teri Wennersten returns to lead a veteran Perryville girls’ basketball team.