PAHS 2008-09 Gators basketball

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

Heading into the meat of the North Tier League basketball schedule, Gators head basketball coach Bob Raudenbush hopes to improve on last season’s 7-7 finish and 15-10 overall record. To make that happen, he’ll depend on an experienced starting lineup: Co-captains Bryce Healy and Josh Guerrero, fellow senior Greg Gustin (the team’s leading scorer, averaging 14.3 points in the first seven games), and a pair of talented juniors, point guard Denzel Middleton and sharpshooting forward Lucas Kline, all saw significant playing time in 2007-08.

However, the team’s depth took a hit when junior J.D. Haskins broke his collarbone in the game against Kane. “He was solid,” Raudenbush said. “He had started a game for us, and led us in scoring down at Johnsonburg, so he was a big loss giving us strength off the bench. We’re definitely relying on our starters to carry us, but some people coming off the bench need to to step up for us, give us some good minutes. That will be key to us winning some big games. There are definitely some kids there that are capable … but the starters are going to have to log a lot of minutes and carry the load for us.”
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PAHS 2008-09 Lady Gators basketball

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

At first glance, with only two seniors on the roster, one could easily mistake this year’s Lady Gators basketball team for a young and inexperienced squad. But there are six returning letterwinners – including four starters – on that list, leading head coach Kristina Francis to believe otherwise.

“I think it helps that they’ve played a lot,” she said. “These girls have played some summer ball together, and they’ve played a lot of varsity games. Most of them have played since their freshman year, even the juniors, so really, they have essentially almost three years of varsity together. We also have some sophomores who have seen some time with the older girls, and they’re doing a nice job as well. So we’ve got a good group of about 10 girls.”

The two seniors, co-captains Kari Drabert and Jenn Anderson, are part of a balanced scoring attack. Through the first seven games on the schedule, five different players were averaging at least six points per game.

“We don’t always have the same scorers,” Francis explained. “We have six girls that can put up double figures. The juniors and seniors can all put up 10 points on any night if they want to, which is nice because it doesn’t allow other teams to key on Jenn Anderson or Shanel Halle. They have to focus on the team rather than on just stopping one girl. Plus, we have the sophomores – Renee Edgell has already scored in double figures this year, Kyley Mickle, they’re all capable of scoring in double figures. So that’s nice, as far as the offense goes.”
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