The 2012-13 Lake George High School Girls Basketball Team includes (front, left to right): Mackenzie Baertschi, Hahnah Saroff, Emily Borgh, Vivian Jaworsky, (row 2): Cassie Sipowicz, Cora Connolly, Kenzie Bennett and Reba Tracy.
Each year, Lake George Girls Basketball Coach Rob Tefft warns that his team is young and inexperienced, and the players have a considerable challenge to achieve the success that’s a longstanding tradition for the Warrior hoopsters.
This year was no exception, as Tefft talked this week about his team as they practiced.
“We’re extremely ‘green’ this year, but the team works hard in practice, they play hard and are very receptive to what we are trying to do,” he said.
Behind him on the wall, however, was a banner that showed what the Warrior girls accomplish each year, despite any perceived inexperience: 10 consecutive years winning Adirondack League or divisional championships.
This year’s squad has its share of unknown aspects and potential surprises.
Two of his players sat out last year with knee injuries — Senior Hahnah Saroff and Junior Savannah Inge — but they’ll be getting back into their groove, he predicted.
Saroff, the team’s captain, said this week she was excited about the season.
“We’re having fun, supporting each other and playing as a team,” she said. “We all bring our strengths to the team — We’ll be working hard toward our goals.”
Tefft said he expects “quality minutes” from Saroff as well as the other two seniors, Mackenzie Baertschi and Emily Borgh.
Tefft added that he expects sophomores Cora Connolly and Vivian Jaworsky and Freshman Kenzie Bennett to gain skills and experience to back up the veterans.
The Warriors will have to focus on their goals and continue their dedication to developing skills and chemistry, Tefft said.
“We have to practice hard, because the whole Adirondack League is very good this year,” Tefft said.