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Indians have seven players back from last year's squad that finished third in Tri-Valley Conference

PMG FILE PHOTO - Junior Zoe Wood is one of three returning starters on Molalla's girls basketball team.

With seven varsity players returning, much will be expected of Molalla's girls basketball team.

"We'll be a contender in league and the plan is beyond, but there's some good teams in this league, a lot of programs that you can't rest on," Molalla coach Phil Wiesner said. "We've got the opportunity to be really good this year."

The Indians graduated their leading scorer, Mattie Myers, but return three starters, senior Madeline Lisac and juniors Kaityn Curry and Zoe Wood, who have all been on the varsity team since they were freshmen.

Senior Audriahna Greer, juniors Hannah Nelzen and Jackie Parker, and sophomore Rubie Burge are also back for Molalla.

"We run a no star team," Wiesner said. "We've got a lot of kids capable on any given night getting it in the hoop, and not caring where it comes from. The beauty of our team is the opponent, they can't just shut down one player because the points will come from someplace else."

Freshman Amy Wills could also make an impact.

"The freshman class was a strong class and that benefits us," Wiesner said. "Amy is a good ball handler. She's a great hustle kid. She's got a lot of things to learn yet that will be needed at the varsity level, but she has several of the tools that she'll need. We think we'll be able to develop her into a varsity player."

The Indians have three more freshmen, Teal Kluver, Kylie Brownlee and Anna Parker, joining juniors Alyssa Beatty and Julia Watson on the varsity roster.

"It's a real good group of personalities that want to do well and want to work together," Wiesner said. "That's what will separate us one way or the other as the season goes is how quickly we gel and become as one out on the floor. The sooner that we do that and the better that we do that, the further we'll go."

Derek Wiley
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