While the Pettisville girls basketball team finished above .500 at 13-10 overall last season, there is no doubt they would like to increase that win total in 2016-17. They have a good chance of doing so as they bring back a majority of their scoring from a year ago.
“We want to give 100 percent each night and keep improving,” said head coach Jason Waldvogel of his Blackbirds. “We plan to contend night in and night out.”
The primary returnee for the Blackbirds is sophomore Morgan Leppelmeier, who was first team All-BBC, honorable mention all-district and first team in District 7 a year ago. She averaged just over 15 points per game in her freshman season.
Other returning letter winners for Pettisville are Alexa Leppelmeier (second team All-BBC, honorable mention District 7) and Lynnsey Crouch. Alexa Leppelmeier averaged 7.1 ppg last season.
Waldvogel likes the mindset of his team.
“Attitude and the willingness to work,” he said when talking about his team’s strengths. “We should be able to shoot the basketball fairly well along with having decent speed and (being) aggressive on defense.”
There is some inexperience with this team, which could force a learning curve early on in the season.
(We) lost 6 seniors from last year. We will be inexperienced as a group early on,” explained Waldvogel.
Those who have graduated are Kate Kauffman (second team All-BBC, honorable mention District 7), Andi Aeschliman, Ines Coronado, Jaelyn Rufenacht, Rebekah Steele and Marissa Beck.
Pettisville finished 6-4 in the BBC a season ago after winning the league championship the previous two seasons. With the talent returning, they should have a chance to reclaim the BBC crown in 2016-17.