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Rebuilding process showing results for girls hoops, coach says


December 4, 2019

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM MEMBERS are, in front, from left, Danielle Tressel and Brooke Burke. In the middle are Natalie Rodgers, Hannah Powell, Rebekah Belcher, Kirsten Watkins, Kassidy Vandehei and Jillian Lynn. In back are Coach Andi McCubbins, Adaira Burger, Katie Robeck, Katie Miller, Coach Ryan Underwood and Head Coach Michelle Knight.

Coach Michelle Knight is highly optimistic about the Sweet Home High School girls varsity basketball team this year.

GIRLS JV BASKETBALL TEAM MEMBERS are, in front, from left, Meeja Bitter and Jillian Lynn. In the middle are McKenzie Passlay, Kaylea Layman, Mercedes Burks and Raeanna Baker. In back are Chloe Fairchild, Coach Ryan Underwood, JV Coach Andi McCubbins, Head Coach Michelle Knight and Katie Robeck.

Though the program has struggled mightily in recent years – the Huskies have not won a league game in 10 years, then-first-year Coach Michelle Knight was optimistic as last season ended, predicting that things were changing for Sweet Home.

She still is.

Although five seniors have graduated – Anna Coleman, Kennedi Waldrop, Christina Belcher, exchange student Rimi Kanaya and Kate Hawken, the Huskies return junior starters Natalie Rodgers and Becky Belcher, who was an All-League Honorable Mention pick last year. They are joined by returning varsity player Adaira Burger, a sophomore, and swing players Hannah Powell and Kassidy Vandehei, both seniors.

Seniors Danielle Tressel and Kirsten Watkins played JV last year. They are joined by sophomore Katie Miller, who transferred from Lebanon, and freshman Brooke Burke.

Juniors Jillian Lynn and Katie Robeck will swing as well.

The Huskies have height this year, Knight said.

"I feel like we maybe lack varsity experience, but we have a lot of basketball experience. I think we're going to be competitive."

The team went 6-3 during its


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