WHERE ARE THEY NOW
Central Catholic Lady Knights Girls Basketball Preview
November 13, 2012Lafayette Central Catholic High School
Central Catholic’s speedy lineup will be guard-heavy.
Junior Emily Denhart can play multiple positions and Angela Tharp, Emily Tharp and Briana Tharp all got varsity experience a year ago.
Add versatile Emily Burks into the mix, a strong defender in Sarah Roswarski and freshman Cameron Onken and the Knights like their nucleus.
“Having point guards and twos and threes with experience helps because you can trust everyone with the ball and know they can bring it up the court,” senior Alanna Roswarski said. “You can beat (a full-court press) with passing because everyone can handle the ball.”
The Knights will not outsize many teams on their schedule, but they hope they can be quicker and more athletic.
Alanna Roswarski has been working in the post and could provide matchup problems.
Senior Camille Ulery, who went to St. Boniface before transferring out of state, moved back to CC this year and adds a post presence, along with Maggie Bobillo. Lucy Kendrick and Jordan Jackson provide depth. No player on the roster is taller than 5-foot-10.
“I think there will be a little give and take with the height,” Denhart said. “We’ll be able to get it back down the floor. No one will be able to keep up with us with our speed.”
Onken will receive a heavy dose early. First-year coach Craig DeVault has high expectations for his freshman point guard.
“She’s grown about four inches over the summer, and she is being a leader on the court right now,” DeVault said.
Burks, Bobillo and Emily Tharp played predominately JV roles last season and will be expected to make a bigger impact with the varsity.
Central Catholic has not lost a sectional game since 2005. Even with the transition from Pat Tharp to DeVault as head coach, the postseason goals remain high, just as they did when Tharp succeeded Geoff Salmon.
Despite winning just three regular-season games a year ago, the Knights made a postseason run to the regional championship game. CC expects similar or better postseason results and a better regular season.
“I feel like our team, they are going to compete and people are going to be surprised by us,” DeVault said. “The record was 6-18 last year. I think we’ll surprise a lot of people this year with how uptempo and how defensive-minded we are"