After a stellar 2016-17 season, the Fayette girls basketball team looks to be in rebuilding mode this year. Fayette is coming off a BBC title and a regional runner-up finish.
But gone from that team are five all-league performers and the head coach. Tim Morr takes the reins from Scoop Miller this season.
Three of the letter winners lost were first team All-BBC honorees. Kaela Seiler is gone after being named league player of the year, first team in District 7, and special mention All-Ohio.
Taylor Griffiths was first team all-league and first team in District 7. Alexis Fruchey was first team All-BBC and second team in District 7.
Also gone from last year’s team are Rylee Ruger and Hannah Machacek, who were both honorable mention All-BBC and District 7.
“Our lack of experience will be our biggest weakness,” said Morr. “Even our returning letter winners did not see much varsity action last year.”
Letter winners returning for the Eagles are senior Janaya Hibbard, junior Alexus Ball, senior Kaitlin Brubaker, sophomore Mataya Rufenacht, and sophomore Rhys Ruger.
According to Morr, there are several newcomers that could make an impact. They include senior Alexis Mapes, senior Haley Perdue, junior Caitlin McIntosh, junior Grace Eberly, junior Bailee Smith, freshman Jillian Figgins, freshman Zoee Keiser, freshman Addisyn Bentley, sophomore Dakota Blosser, and sophomore Kendra Ellis.
Morr said a strength of the team is that “we have a great group of girls that are going to work and play hard every night.”
Replacing so many key players will not be an easy task but the Eagles hope to get better as the seasons goes on. “Our overall goal is to be competitive, improve every week, and enjoy playing the game of basketball,” said Morr.
The coach said he does not know much about the league this year, but Stryker would be the preseason favorite.
The non-league slate for the Eagles includes Swanton, Delta, Ayersville, and Evergreen.
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010