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PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: ‘Havoc’ part of plan for Explorers

posted Nov 18 2016 6:08 AM


Marquette Catholic’s Peyton Kline (right) drives to the basket while Brussels’ Madison Willman defends during a girls basketball game last season in Alton.

ALTON – Marquette Catholic has not enjoyed a girls basketball winning season since going 13-12 in 2013.

New Explorers coach Lee Green makes no pledge to revisit the high side of .500 in his first season, but he does pledge a team that will not back down.

“My philosophy is to put pressure on the opposition at all times,” said Green, whose team split its first two games earlier this week at the Columbia Tournament. “by pushing the ball every time we have it and pressuring the ball full-court and causing havoc on defensive side of the ball.”

Green, a former assistant coach at SIUE, takes over for Meagan Hanlon, who posted a 20-35 record in two seasons as Marquette head coach.

Marquette finished 13-15 last season, but must replace its three leading scorers in Caitlyn Hanlon, Andria Pace and Brittany Pace. The 6-foot-1 Pace twins were also the Explorers’ leading rebounders.

Green inherits a lineup without an Explorer that approaches 6-0, but will turn to seniors Kelsey Blasingim and Jordan Rook to leading a starting lineup that includes juniors Lauren Fischer, Taylor Aguirre and Lila Snider.

Fischer scored 14 points in a season-opening loss to Columbia on Monday night in the Columbia Tournament.

“The goal for this year’s team is to show constant improvement each game as the season goes on,” Green said, “and hope to be playing our best ball by February.”

The plan to play up-tempo will have the Explorers counting on depth off the bench in seniors Madi Connors and Megan Bunce, juniors Peyton Kline and Regina Guehlstorf, and freshman Emma Nicholson.


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