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Knights continuing to build
Over the past three seasons, the Irondale High School girls basketball team has won nine or 10 games each season. Head coach Dean Coffland would like to see his team move above .500 this season.
To achieve that, the Knights will need their returning starters to lead and help along an inexperienced roster.
“We have only one senior on the team so we will have some inexperience issues to work through early in the season,” said Coffland, who is in his second season as Irondale’s head coach. “As to how many wins that will translate to, we will have to wait and see but I am hopeful to win more than half this year.”
Leading the way this season are returning starters Courtney Carr, Delaney Kohler and Sarah Skubal.
Carr is the team’s lone senior and she is back following an all-conference honorable mention season last year. She was the team’s most valuable defensive player and averaged seven points per game.
Kohler, a junior, was all-conference and the team’s most valuable offensive player after averaging 11 points per game.
Skubal, also a junior, averaged six points per game.Coffland expects his team to amass plenty of points from the perimeter. Last year’s team attempted nearly 15 threes a game and made a school record 32 percent.
Rebounding could be an issue for the Knights, especially early in the season.
“As the season begins, rebounding looks to be a concern for this year’s team,” said Coffland. “Our defense should be improved over last year and as the season progresses; so will our ability to rebound.”
In the final season of the North Suburban Conference, Coffland said Benilde-St. Margaret’s is probably the favorite with the other seven teams being very similar.
There is also some off-the-court news for the Irondale girls basketball team. One of the team rooms at Irondale is being converted into a state-of-the-art locker room, video room and coaches’ office. The basketball program is teaming with the volleyball program on the project.
“As it stands now, we have a cold, empty, brick room, and soon it will be a comfortable, technological, multipurpose room that not only will our players be proud of but it will also advance the teaching opportunities of our coaching staff,” said Coffland.
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013-14 Irondale High School girls basketball schedule
Dec. 3 vs. Henry Sibley 7:15 p.m.