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Work ethic, leadership key Greendale girls basketball

Girls must overcome lack of team height

Nov. 26, 2013

The intangibles such as work ethic and leadership are in the favor of the 2013-14 Greendale girls basketball team.

"We have five seniors who have all seen time at the varsity level," head coach Julie Hahm said. "We have two returning starters and one was all-conference honorable mention.

"The girls are hard-working and will improve as the season progresses due to their work ethic. We should have good team play; the girls are familiar with each other's strengths and play well together."

The Panthers, however, lack height, as their tallest player is just 5 feet 8 inches.

"We will need to find ways to manage our lack of size," Hahm said.

The returnees are led by 5-4 senior guard Emily Perszyk, who averaged 8.9 points and 2.5 steals last season in earning all-Woodland Conference West Division honorable mention.

"She has improved her shooting accuracy in the off-season," Hahm said of Perszyk.

Other returnees are 5-7 senior forward Taite Kurzka, who averaged 4.6 points last year; 5-7 senior guard Sarah Belanger; 5-7 senior guard Natalie Burton; and 5-8 senior forward Maggie Bowen, whom Hahm praised for her tough defense.

Players to watch include 5-3 sophomore guard Ellen Davis and 5-8 junior forward Megan Shaughnessy.

Greendale took on Franklin on Nov. 26 and will open Woodland play at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at home against St. Francis.

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