The Times Area’s 2021-22 women’s basketball season is on the shortlist for the best year the area has ever had. Given all the graduation the home teams will have to overcome, expecting a duplication this season is unrealistic, but we’ll be there to chronicle what promises to be another memorable season.
Practice starts today, with contests set to begin on Friday, December 2.
Here is an overview of the women’s basketball teams in the region:
Senior Ella Billman (16.4 ppg) scored 43% of the Colonials’ points a season ago and helped head coach Mike Englar’s squad go 10-13 and compete in the District 3 playoffs.
An 8-3 streak midway through the season really helped the team’s cause to enter the district tournament.
Other returnees include senior Timberley Linebaugh (8 ppg) and juniors Kelbie Linebaugh (3.9 ppg), Kylie Wampler (3.4 ppg) and Sydney Flesch (2.6 ppg).
The Squirettes went 28-2, losing to eventual PIAA Class 4A finalist Lansdale Catholic 40-36 in the state quarterfinals.
When the buzzer sounded that night eight months ago, the school careers of head coach Gerry Eckenrode’s five starters were over.
Because the team so often blasted their opponents, Eckenrode was able to give their reserves significant playing time. It was not uncommon for the starters to play the first and third quarters and the reserves to play the second and fourth quarters.
Juniors Kaitlyn Schwarz (4.8 ppg) and Brielle Baughman (3.9 ppg) played in all 30 games, while classmate Ella Hughes (1.1 ppg) played 28. Sophomore Megan Jacoby (2.4 points per game) played in 17 games.
The Eagles had the best season in school history, setting a program record for single-season wins (24), winning a state playoff game for the first time ever, and being the first school in the county. of Adams to win the YAIAA tournament since Delone did it in 2001.
Fifth-year head coach Todd Askins is tasked with trying to replace three players who scored more than 1,000 points in their respective careers in Bailey Oehmig, Hannah Chenault and Lillian Peters. No school in the Times Area has ever seen more than two players in the same class reach 1,000 career points.
Senior Amelia Peters (2.7 ppg) is a returning starter and while second Tori Bross (5.9 ppg) was a part-time starter, while second Lucy Peters (2.7 ppg per game) showed flashes in limited playing time.
After a 9-13 campaign that failed to qualify for the district playoffs, the Canners bring back the area’s leading scorer from a year ago in Brylee Rodgers, who averaged 19, 7 points per game. Rodgers has scored 20 or more points in 10 games, going over 30 points five times.
Senior Emily Woolson (10.4 ppg) is also back, along with sophomores Claire Roberts (3.5 ppg), Kierney Weigle (2.9 ppg) and Ava Peterson (2 ,2 points per game).
Rodgers and Woolson combined to score 66% of the team’s points.
The Thunderbolts come out of a 4-18 season, but return their leading scorer to senior Celi Portillo (13 points per game). Portillo has hit double figures 15 times, topping 20 points in five games.
Senior Hannah Cherry (2.8 ppg) and junior Hailey Shelley (2.7 ppg) are also back for the Blue & Gold.
The Warriors posted a 24-6 record with a Class 5A district title and state quarterfinal appearance in 2021-22.
Head coach Jeff Bair has his work cut out after the top six-minute winners all graduated in the spring.
The returnees who saw the most action last season were senior Emma Raville and junior Jade Barrick.
The Knights return dynamic junior Breana Valentine (14.7 ppg) from a team that was 8-14. Valentine is a versatile scorer, capable of scoring inside and out.
The team was in position to qualify for the playoffs before going 1-6 in its last seven games.
Anne Bair, Gettysburg: freshman at Manhattan University
Giana Hoddinott, Delone Catholic: freshman at Mt. St. Mary’s University
Camryn Felix, Gettysburg: freshman at Bloomsburg University
Abby Jacoby, Catholic Delone: Freshman at the University of Loch Haven
Brooke Lawyer, Delone Catholic: sophomore at the University of Loch Haven
Skyler West, Bermudian Springs: Junior at Kutztown University
Bradi Zumbrum, Delone Catholic: senior at York College
Daelyn Stabler, New Oxford: Senior at Lebanon Valley College
Riley Vingsen, Delone Catholic: junior at the University of Science
Morgan Adams, New Oxford: Junior at Messiah University
Maggie Hughes, Delone Catholic: Freshman at Catholic University
Maddie Neiderer, Fairfield: Freshman at Marywood University
Bailey Oehmig, Bermudian Springs: freshman at Penn State Harrisburg
Hannah Chenault, Bermudian Springs: Freshman at Chatham University
Taylor Richardson, Gettysburg: junior at DelVal University
Meagan Smith, Littlestown: Senior at Penn State Mont Alto
Kirsten Dell, New Oxford: Senior at Penn State Mont Alto
Jayla Brown, New Oxford: junior at Penn State York
Katie Woolson, Biglerville: second in Pitt-Bradford
Avery Benzel, Bermudian Springs: second year at Pitt-Bradford