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Harrison Lady Raiders Girls Basketball Preview

November 13, 2012
Harrison ( West Lafayette ) High School



On guard

Courtney Jacobsen took control of the Harrison offense from Day 1, and now everyone looks up to the sophomore.

As a freshman, Jacobsen led the team in scoring but was plagued by minor injuries as the season progressed.

“She is very smart and knows the game and is a great team player,” senior Alyssa Withers said.

Harrison also welcomes back senior Alex Spitznagle, who didn’t play last season. She combines with Lizzie Lehman and Withers to make a senior nucleus in the backcourt.

Junior Autumn Ringen steps into a full-time starter role and will be counted on to provide matchup problems with her length.

“We are going to expect a lot more out of Autumn this season,” coach Jake Rettig said. “In practice, we’ve been playing her everywhere from the one to the five. She can play every single position.”

Front line

Junior Claire Muller is coming off a season where she averaged six rebounds while battling some of the best in the state within her own conference. Along with Ringen, she’ll be counted on to battle the bigs of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference for boards.

Junior Kaitlyn Carnahan averaged 3 points and 4 rebounds last season in the blocks and will be asked to improve on those numbers as the Raiders continue building the program.

Key newcomers

Senior Brittney Wagner didn’t make much of an impact at the varsity level last season, but already has caught the eye of one of her classmates.

“I personally think Brittney Wagner has stepped up,” Withers said.

Outlook

There’s a lot of excitement in May Gymnasium despite recent history.

Last year the Raiders took a step forward by being more competitive and now they hope to continue moving in that direction.

“I think this year we’ll see a lot more improvement,” Muller said. “People will notice we’re coming out with a lot more confidence this year.”

Quick shots

Coach: Jake Rettig (5-38 in third season)
2011-12 results: 3-19, lost to Logansport 67-52 in sectional semifinals
Conference: Hoosier Crossroads
Sectional: Class 4A, Sectional 7
Sectional opponents: Kokomo, Lafayette Jeff, Logansport (host), Marion, McCutcheon
Returning Stat Leaders

Scoring: Courtney Jacobsen (8.4)
Rebounding: Claire Muller (6.0)
Assists: Jacobsen (1.3)
Steals: Jacobsen (0.7)
Last season

Offensive average: 41.9
Defensive average: 55.6
The Raiders were within moments of advancing to the championship of the J&C Hoops Classic last season but West Lafayette hit a buzzer-beater to force a second overtime and eventually won the semifinal contest.
It marked the second narrow defeat to the Red Devils in a week, and Harrison would lose 11 of its next 12 games.
All three Harrison victories last season came against Class A teams. The Raiders did score at a higher clip than recent years, posting their highest scoring average since 2007-08. The 3-19 record also marked the best since 2006-07, when the Raiders also were 3-19.

  Pos. Ht. Yr.
4 Autumn Ringen G/F 5-11 Jr.
5 Shailen Johnson F 5-9 So.
10 Maya Mengler G/F 5-11 Jr.
11 Maggie Shandrick G 5-6 So.
12 Alex Spitznagle G 5-5 Sr.
15 Claire Muller F 6-0 Jr.
22 Alyssa Withers F 5-8 Sr.
23 Kaitlyn Carnahan F 5-9 Jr.
24 Lizzie Lehman G 5-6 Sr.
25 Courtney Jacobsen G 5-8 So.
32 Maren McCarty F 5-10 So.
33 Brittney Wagner F 5-9 Sr.


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