Bulldog girls hope for healthy success

Nov. 21, 2012 @ 10:39 PM

Judging from how last season ended, Trinity girls coach Shannon Edwards believes avoiding injuries will be a key for the Bulldogs this season.

“I’m excited about this season just by the way we finished last season,” Edwards said. “We finished 11-14 but we got healthy late in the season and went on a run and lost the (PAC-6 2A) conference championship to Andrews by four points.”

The Bulldogs return three starters – 5-4 junior guard Jordan Parker, 5-7 sophomore guard Sage Earnhardt and 5-8 junior forward Casey Davis.

Parker, an all-conference selection, averaged 11 points per game and is the leading returning scorer. Earnhardt averaged nine points per game.

Edwards expects the rest of the starting lineup in his three-guard, two-forward look to include 5-7 junior guard Noelle Butler and 5-8 forward Casey Davis.

Top reserves include 5-6 sophomore guard Kemberly Ponce, 5-8 freshman center Allison Watkins and 5-5 senior forward Lauren Thompson.

Even though Parker and Earnhardt are the top returning scorers, the Bulldog offense does not rely on one or two players to succeed.

“I like a team approach,” Edwards said. “We have sets designed to get the ball to every player. So, I believe we will have pretty good balance.”

On defense, the Bulldogs can go to multiple looks.

“I‘d say we will play man-to-man about 80 percent of the time but we can play zone,” Edwards said.

He just needs the Bulldogs to stay healthy.

“We’ll be competitive in the conference,” Edwards said. “As long as we stay healthy, I think we have a great shot. I like our chances a lot.”