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High School Sports

October 31, 2012

Girls Basketball Preview: Frankton expects big year from Key

FRANKTON, Ind. — With one full season under his belt and now an entire summer, Frankton girls basketball coach Dean Riddle feels much better about his 2012-13 regular season.

“We had a really good summer,” Riddle said. “We’ve had a very productive fall. We will hit the ground running. We want to come to practice and get better each day. If we do that, the rest will take care of itself.”

Certainly any discussion of the Eagles has to begin with senior guard Kelsey Key, who averaged 25.3 points per game to go with 7.5 rebounds. She has the potential to be even better this year.

“She is better in every way it is possible to be better,” Riddle said. “Her ball handling has improved. Now she’s really good at attacking that second defender when help comes. She’s a better cutter. The game has slowed down for her a little bit. She’s such a hard worker and it has paid off.”

Often last season, opponents treated the Eagles like they were a one-girl show. That strategy might be more dangerous this season.

“(Key) is better prepared for that this season,” Riddle said. “The girls around her are better prepared as well. We have players who have improved their perimeter shooting. We’ve changed our offense a little bit too. Last year we had five or six games that came down to the last possession or two.”

Carleigh Tucker and Katie Key will look to provide some extra offense beyond the 8.7 and 6.2 points per key game they averaged respectively.

Natalie McGuire, who was not eligible last year, will contribute as will Kaylee Irwin, Payton Dellinger and Pearson Newsom.

“We have so much more depth to this team than a year ago,” said Riddle. “I’ve got 13 legitimate varsity players. Last season we could only have two-on-two competitive practices. Now we can have five-on-five. We play a lot of good teams, but we are looking forward to the season.”

Frankton has a scrimmage slated for 6 p.m. today at home against Elwood. The Eagles open the regular season on Tuesday at home against Westfield.

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