All-hands on deck as Camden Hills shoots for success
Rockport — The following is a synopsis for the 2012-13 Camden Hills Regional High School girls varsity basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Marty Messer, third year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 15-3, third in Eastern Class B. The Windjammers were upset in the quarterfinals by No. 6 Old Town 60-57 in overtime.
Roster: Seniors Kaianne Crockett (5-4 guard), Kristina Alex (5-6 forward), Jordan Knowlton (5-9 forward) and Megan LeGage (5-3 guard); juniors Bekah Hilt (5-9 forward) and Jaclyn Gilson (5-9 forward); and sophomores Macy Buck (5-7 guard), Annie Young (5-5 guard), Hannah Wincklhofer (5-7 guard), Katie McMorrow (5-7 guard), Eliza Boetsch (5-9 forward) and Rachel Pease (6-1 center).
Outlook: The Windjammers graduated a bundle of talented players but return a core group from last year's squad, most notably Knowlton, who surpassed 1,000 points during the regular season last year.
Knowlton will continue to be the focal point of the 'Jammer offense.
"She's going to be a big part of our team and I'm fully expecting her to step up and put the weight of the team on her shoulders," said Messer. "But I think she's going to have more help then a lot of people think."
LeGage is the team's floor general, while Messer expects Hilt, Pease and Alex, the latter of whom the third-year coach said would be "the girl who does the little things and the dirty work for us," likely would be the glue of the team.
The Windjammers have a shorter statured team that can play small and a taller team that plays big, which will help them adapt to the style of nearly any team in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division.
"If we have a small team we're going to run and if we have the big team out there we'll play big," Messer said. "We can adapt. We're young and we're very coachable and they can handle whatever I ask as far as strategy goes."
"We have no glaring strengths, but we have no glaring weaknesses [either]," he said.
Messer said Knowlton, a forward by nature, will see her role expanded a bit this season and will play minutes at guard as well.
Knowlton has 1,072 points for her career. Megan Cressler is the Windjammers' all-time girls career scoring leader at 1,376 points, while Tyler McFarland holds the Windjammers' all-time overall career points mark at 1,403.
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