SPRINGBORO — Veteran coach Tom Benjamin’s expectations are “through the roof” for the Springboro High School girls basketball team.
The Panthers return four starters from a team that posted a 14-9 overall record, including a pair of postseason wins. Springboro also was 4-4 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference South Division, good enough for a tie for third place.
“We are more mature and experienced,” said Benjamin, whose team hopes to pick up where it left off last year when it won 12 of its last 15 games.
Olivia Schretzman, a 6-foot-1 forward who recently signed her national letter of intent to play basketball at West Point, returns for her fourth and final year with the Panthers.
She’s joined in the post by third-year player Jordan Trimarco (5-10), as well as senior Emily Dippold (6-1), junior Lindsey Rosendale (5-8) and sophomore Jenny DeGraaf (6-1).
“DeGraaf may be our best post scorer and Rosendale is probably our best defender,” Benjamin said. “But I would still like to see us have a more proven post scoring threat.”
Junior Katie Schubert returns at point guard.
The Panthers were 2-6 with her out of the lineup last season, and she’s been hurt a little this preseason, but Benjamin isn’t too concerned.
“She made us better last year,” Benjamin said. “She will be huge to our success again.”
Three-year starter Megan Graber, a junior, has become one of the team’s best shooters, according to Benjamin. Also in the backcourt mix are junior Ashley Morrow and freshman Morgan Glodowski.
Schretzman and Trimarco also are versatile enough to play the three guard position.
Quickness is the one negative Benjamin sees on his team, but there are ways to avoid that being too big of a problem.
“We have to be better at rebounding the ball,” Benjamin said. “We want to run with the ball, so we are going to have to outrebound teams and I think we can. Teams that play fast and physical are teams we tend to have trouble with,” he continued. “We are cautiously optimistic. We’re not very quick, but we are pretty skilled.”
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