HARVARD — For the first time since the Carter Administration, Tom Hill will not be on the Bromfield girls basketball bench. New coach Kate Maki is working to stamp her imprint on the program as she gets to know her players as the start of the season approaches rapidly.
“I am enjoying this so much and I’m very happy with my decision,” said Maki. “Everyone here has welcomed me. I’m excited and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Graduation cost the Lady Trojans the services of starters Lindsey Burke, Catherine Johnson and Henley Siegrist. They will lean on a trio of experienced frontcourt players this season, seniors Kelly Thurston, Robin Neschke and Emily Reedich, who will start up front.
“Kelly is our best offensive threat and she can score from both the inside and outside,” said Maki. “She is a good rebounder, she provides leadership and we want her to score. She is our best all-around player.
“Robin is our power forward and is our toughest player,” said Maki. “She is a strong rebounder who goes after the ball. She takes the ball to the basket well and is a playmaker who makes her teammates better.
“Emily will play small forward and she is a quick player who uses her speed well in the post,” said Maki. “She is a strong defensive player and has the versatility to play either forward or guard.”
Pushing for time up front are sophomore forward Alli Waterhouse and senior center Dana Nueninghoff.
“Alli is an up-and-coming post player,” said Maki. “She is very coachable and is working on her low post moves. Dana has good size and low post moves and she has shown great leadership.”
The starting backcourt will be junior Hali Burke and senior Jordan McDonnell, who are both capable of playing either guard slot.
“Hali has good speed and plays great defense,” said Maki. “She is a one girl press at times. Jordan is a solid ballhandler and is a leader on the floor. She takes control and has the ability to settle the team down.”
Providing depth in the backcourt will be senior Carrie Magee and eighth-graders Casey Magrath and Montana Burke.
“Carrie came off the bench last season and is a good shooter with range who provides great leadership,” said Maki. “Casey is a scrappy player with a lot of stamina. She is a quick player who gets up and down the floor well. Montana has a great shot with range and she sees the court very well.”
Players who provide further depth will be junior guard/forward Alli Reusch, junior guard Yasmine Kanaan, and sophomore guard/forward Meaghan Bradshaw.
“Those three are all quick players who play strong defense,” said Maki.
The new coach is very pleased with the leadership of her experienced players.
“The senior leadership has been great and those six girls make the program run smoothly,” said Maki. “They take the younger players under their wings and their contributions have been extra important with a new coach. I like the quickness that we have and I think we can play tough defense. We will press and because of that style we will need to develop a bench to provide depth.
“My concerns entering the season are a lack of varsity experience and both me and the new players getting to know the league and new surroundings,” said Maki. “Our goals are to make Districts and play well in the league.”