BOLTON LANDING - The fans and coaching staff of Bolton Central have high expectations of their Varsity Girls Basketball team this year, veteran coach Luke Schweickert said Monday.
"We've got a strong group of seniors and juniors we'll be relying on," he said.
The team will be looking toward returning Seniors Grace Cady and Danielle St. Amour, joined by classmates Montana Reilly and Meredith Chamberlain, for their collective leadership.
This duo is joined by a strong group of Juniors, including Charlotte Caldwell, Alana Peterson, Emma Cady, Dominique Jean Servelli, and Marisa Parotta, he said.
"This core group will be providing us with good defense and clutch shooting," he said.
Last year's team, which finished second in MVAC League Division II, enjoyed a 3-1 Division record, 6-5 in the league and 11-9 overall.
The 2008-09 team lost two solid players in the backcourt to graduation - Katie Bliley and Mandy Moffitt - and one starting Freshman, Justine Tiger, who moved out of the school district.
"I'm looking for a collective effort from all of our guards this year to pick up the slack," Schweickert said. "We've got really good players - their attitudes are excellent and they enjoy the camaraderie of being together."
Schweickert said he was enthusiastic about seeing the season unfold.
"I'm excited to work with the players - they've got a great work ethic and love playing together."