Girls Basketball Expecting to Battle throughout Season
Head Girls Basketball Coach Marc Bruner leads this years Lady Indians Basketball team into the season with high expectations. He mentioned, “we expect to be very competitive…we hope to be right in the DAC and sectional hunt this year.” The Indians are coming off of a 14-12 season last year where they graduated 6 players who started games throughout the season. This season the Indians will be a relatively young team with two total seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and a freshman.
Leaders of the Tribe
Coach Marc Bruner is expecting Bonnie Clancy, Kristen Cravens, and Trolisia Lacey to be the leaders for the team this year. He will lean heavily on Clancy and Cravens this year with both having two years of varsity experience to benefit the Indians. With the Duneland Athletic Conference being such a tough conference to play through, the experience of both Clancy and Cravens and the gritty play by Lacey will benefit the Indians greatly.
Coach Bruner believes that the team will utilize “an up-tempo style that takes advantage of good depth and athleticism”. Bonnie Clancy will be a key contributor to this athleticism for the Indians. The senior, Clancy, is coming off of competing with the Cross Country team and the Indians expect her to stretch the floor with her ability to shoot the three ball and ability to ‘win her race’ (the Indians motto for this year).
Not to be outdone, Jaedyn Lowe (pictured above) will also be apart of this up-tempo style where the Indians can run and gun a little. Jaedyn ran a 100 meter dash last year in 12.61, taking the Indian to the State Meet. Jaedyn also worked since track season on her shot and the Indians could really use her with the run and gun system they are going to utilize.
Who’s Got Next?
Junior Skylar Flanagan is a key returner for the Indians. After playing some 6th (wo)man time last season for the Indians backing up her sister Serena and Benedictine University’s Hannah Piro, Skylar will be thrust into the point guard role this season. She has developed in the summer and should be ready to rock for the season.
Sophomore Analise Franklin came out shooting in the Indians first game against Hanover Central. She scored 10 including 2 3-point shots for the Indians. She will be a threat for the Indians from 3 point range all season long after lighting up the JV field last year. She has done some work on her shot and releasing the ball quicker and Coach Bruner appears to have faith in the shot she has as she played key minutes during the loss to the Hanover Central Wildcats. She also will be a threat on the Indians gritty defensive side of the ball as she played a part of 5 Indian steals during the game.
Back From Injury
Joanie Warmick was still recovering from knee surgery over the offseason, but the sophomore believes that she is ready to go now. The sophomore will likely play key minutes for the Indians this season as they are relatively young but quite athletic.
Games To Watch:
The Indian Basketball Program would like to see support at the following games!
Friday, December 7th vs. Chesterton @ Portage 5:30 JV / 7:00 Varsity
Friday, December 14th vs. LaPorte @ Portage 5:30 JV / 7:00 Varsity
Tuesday, December 18th vs. Michigan City Marquette @ Portage 5:30 JV / 7:00 Varsity
Friday, January 4th vs. Valparaiso 5:30 @ Portage JV / 7:00 Varsity
Saturday, January 19th vs. Merrillville @ Portage 5:30 JV / 7:00 Varsity
It is important for our programs to support each other and these are great opportunities for us as the Portage community to support our teams. We look forward to seeing you at the games and of course, GO INDIANS!
Indians are coached by Head Coach Marc Bruner, Associate Head Coach Jovanny Gonzalez, Assistant Coaches, Dave Bock, Nicki Monahan, Tori Bliss, Nathan Ramian (JV), Tammy Barragan (FR), and Gary Richardson (FR).