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Girls basketball preview: South Putnam hits floor with young squad

A season ago, South Putnam went 10-13 and the Eagles saw their season end in the sectional tournament at the hands of Parke Heritage. 

 

Gone are senior leaders Brie Miller and Lilly Vittetow, but head coach Brian Gardner is optimistic South Putnam will be able to take some strides this season, despite its youth. 

 

"Last season was a successful season where we had some success. We were led by two seniors in Brie Miller and Lilly Vittetow. Brie was able to accomplish over 1,000 points in her career, which was a huge accomplishment. As a team, we grew a lot and were able to be very competitive in the sectional," Gardner told The Putnam County Post. 

 

Gardner said his squad embraced a summer schedule that allowed them to get a jumpstart on the season.

 

"Having girls be able to see their roles start to be defined and be able to gain experience at the varsity level against varsity competition in the summer was great for our team," Gardner admitted. 

 

South Putnman will be leaning heavily on senior guard Kelsey Custis, junior guard Joselyn Pilcher, and sophomore guards Danae Cline and Chlara Pistelli. 

 

"Those four have had varsity experience and played last year for us. I expect them to have major roles. Also, sophomore Madison Gardner, Lillian Emmerich and Ariel Dooley will have to play roles. Senior Emmalyn Jeter will also be helping us out this year," Gardner said. 

 

South Putnam opens the season Friday against Cloverdale, and Gardner said it is imperative his team finds its way and grows as a group. 

 

"Players will be learning each other and we will play hard, and when the season gets to sectional time, we should be very competitive. Our goal, as is the case every year, is to play hard and compete every night," Gardner said. 

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