JOHNSBURG - After a debut in Minerva\Newcomb Turkey Tournmanet, last week, head coach Frank Dower and the Lady Jaguars look to be competative in the MVAC.
Dower has been coaching at Johnsburg for 16 years and has lead this team for the past five years.
The graduated seniors who left last year's squad were starters Kelsey Williford and Keri Cleveland.
"We lost a lot of experience," said Dower. "But we are capable to fill in those gaps."
He will also look to sophomore Kalya Williford to step into her sister's shoes and bring some speed and scoring ability to the point guard position.
Sophomore Mikayla Glode led the team in rebounding last year as a freshman and Dower expects the same out of her this year as well as some significant scoring potential.
Casandra Prouty and Cortina Greene are the lone seniors on the team and Dower acknowledged Prouty's scoring ability and expects her to be one of the leaders.
Jillian Urbonowicz will round out the starting five and replace Cleveland with strong defense.
Dower recognizes the challenges that lay ahead in their league.
"Indian Lake/Long Lake will be on top," he said. "We to do well with them this year and finish as close as we can in second place."
Dower also acknowledges the tight competition between the division 3 teams.
"We are all pretty even and there should be some great battles," he said.
Other teams in the MVAC have recognized the improvements made at Johnsburg and label them as one of the more competitive teams.
"I am hoping we improve on last year with each game," said Dower. "We have the ability and I am very pleased with the way that the season started."
Dower is assisted by Phil Goodman.