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March 15, 2012 J The Lovell Chronicle 21 Amanda "The Warhorse" Shumway Amanda has a determi- nation to be the best player possible and is willing to put in the sweat and tears to make sure her skills im- prove. Amanda would not let people beat her to the ball or to a rebound Sheis the type of payer who is going to give you a 100 percent all the time and will force the opposing team to know where she is all the time. Amanda would cut to the basket with passion and no- body would have the ability to stop her from getting to the rim. Amanda spent hours in the gym over the summer to develop a solid perim- eter shot to compliment her slashing ability. Defensive- ly, Amanda bought into the mindset that we were going to deny the wings hard and deny their cuts to the basket. She was a pleasure to watch on the defensive side of the floor. Amanda truly under- stands what it means to play your hardest every minute you are on the floor. Leanne "The Assassin" Winterholler Leanne was a player who could hurt an oppo- nent from anywhere on the floor. She had the ability to take girls off the bounce and attack the rim, she could shoot the "3" with the best of them, or she could set up her teammates with su- perb passes. Leanne was a tough-nosed defender who really challenged herself to stop the opposing team's best perimeter players, and she really caused prob- lems with her wing span and length. Leanne made huge improvements in her game fundamentally from working hard during the offseason on ball-handling, shooting, passing and defensive rota- tions. You would also see Leanne running three to four miles a day throughout the summer, which helped her be successful in volleyball and basketball. Survivors 20;i-12 Wyoming Basf(etball Outplay "The Quiet One" Shumway Kim is a phenomenal athlete who has unlimited potential when it comes to the game of basketball. The pleasant side about Kim is she also has the mindset that she iaS tO rwork fiard to develop herself into a domi- nating basketball player. As coaches, we never have to worry about whether or not Kim is going to put the time into developing better footwork in the post, bet- ter passing skills or a more consistent shot. Kim spends hours in the offseason work- ing on her game and she has a coachabie spirit. She is force when it comes to re- bounding and has the ability to block shots with her right or left hand. There is a lot of excitement to watch Kim emerge into a dominating post player who, like Erin, can race past people in our transition game and beat everybody up and down the floor. Miranda "The Bulldog" Griffis Miranda brought a Alyssa "The Igniter" Geiser Alyssa sparked what we did offensively and de- fensively as a basketball team. She would disrupt opposing offenses with her quick hands and feet, plus she had the ability to read passes really well and inter- cept errant passes. Alyssa was a consistent player who seemed to step her game up when the stakes were higher like in Regionals against Wyoming Indian this year and against Burns in the Fi- nals last year. Alyssa was a hard worker in practice and expected the best out of her teammates. Chelsey "The Energizer" Ellis - Chelsey is a player with a huge upside that will allow her to become an impact player next year. Chelsey is able to hurt opponents with her solid perimeter shoot- ing, which was on display at Regionals and State, plus Chelsey is quick enough and strong enough to get to the rim off the dribble or Erin "The Enforcer" Robertson Erin was a player who would control the game de- fensively with her cat-like reflexes and ,ler desire to rebound thebiSlell. She was strong enough to push around bigger post players, but she was also quicker to beat them up and down the floor. Her athletic abili- ties were challenging for any teams to match and she would often out-run smaller guards down the floor. As Erin's confidence in her abili- ties grew, her game really developed. As coaches, we would have to demand for Erin to shoot more and look to use her solid post moves to dominate in the low block area. Kassidy "The Up and Comer" Hetland Kassidy was a player this year for us that gained some valuable minutes late in the year that will benefit her and the team next year. .twit toughness to our team that with solidyear,CUtS. Through- Kassidy is determined to other players couldn't bring out the she made nice improve her basketball skills to the table. She is a strong improvements in the area and is always looking for athlete who could out-mus- of rebounding and came up moments to get in the gym. Outlast. cle girls for rebounds or loose balls. Miranda would come off the bench for us and provide some valuable minutes to help us sustain leads. Miranda worked on her footwork in the post to develop solid post moves, and she also used this footwork to grab offensive rebounds that led to put- backs. with numerous offensive re- bounds that led to second- chance points for our team. Chelsey has a knack for reading passing lanes and stepping into passing lanes to create turnovers. She is agile and has quick feet that allows her to be a good de- fender, which makes us a better defensive team. Kassidy has a nice touch on her jump shot and is work- ing really hard at develop- ing ball-handling skills. She learned a lot from playing alongside the seniors in games and in practice this year and will step into the leader type role next year. Jodi "The Sneaky One" Walker Jodi was a player who could sneak up on teams and make big plays for our team. At times, she would be undersized in the post, but would use her high bas- ketball "IQ" to get rebounds and be in the right place at the right time to make a big. basket. We relied on Jodi ' to inbounds the ball against pressure from opponents and she was a steady hand for us in that role. She would make the right deci- sion and would get the ball where it needed to be in our press breakers. Jodi's in- stincts also made her a ter- rific post defender and she would often outmaneuver bigger post girls to steal the ball or get timely deflections to start a fast break. Jodi was the ideal teammate to have and would always bring the best out of the people around her. "The Next Generation" The rest of the players in our program really excite us as coaches and make the future look bright for the Lovell Lady Bulldogs. Each night in practice we would see signs of improvement from numerous athletes that gave us, as coaches, confi- dence moving forward. We would often talk about how hard it was for the young- er players to scrimmage against the best team in the state, but we also know that they got better from chal- lenging the varsity play- ers. At times throughout the year, some of our toughest competition came in practice from our younger players. Player profiles provided by Coach Chris Edwards