The 2009-2010 season was special for the Lakota East girls’ basketball program. The team finished with their best overall record in their 13-year history, made an appearance in the district finals and snapped an 18-game losing streak to rival Lakota West.
The 2010-2011 Thunderhawks hope to build upon that success.
“(We are) excited to improve on last year’s success and to keep moving in a positive direction,” Lakota East head coach Nikki Drew said. “This team has experienced success and is hungry for more of it.”
Prior to last season’s 13-10 (6-8 in the Greater Miami Conference) squad, success has been hard to come by. In the previous five seasons before 2009-2010, Lakota East finished a combined 20-87 (11-61 in GMC).
Furthermore, Thunderhawks’ previous best overall record in program history occurred during the 2000-2001 season when they finished 8-14.
The 2010-2011 squad could continue to set milestones.
Lakota East returns its three top scorers from last season in Whitney Wyckoff (photo – right), Molly Blomer (photo – left) and Alyssa Grenvenkamp. All three players will be juniors this season and all three are getting “good looks” from college basketball recruiters, according to Drew.
Wyckoff led the team in scoring in 09-10 with 13.1 points per game. She also finished 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Blomer averaged 10.2 points and pulled down 5.7 rebounds per game. Grevenkamp averaged 8.5 points and 2 steals per game.
Lakota East also returns guard Imani Outlaw, who averaged 4.8 points and 1.7 assists per game as a freshman last season.
There are also two promising newcomers that should make an impact this season for the Thunderhawks. Junior Bernice Satterwhite suffered an ACL injury last season and is expected to play point guard this winter. Junior forward Tazzie Shaw (6-foot-2, transfer from Lakota West) averaged 8.8 points and pulled down 5.2 rebounds last season for Lakota West.
Lakota East will open its season against Ursula Saturday, Nov. 27, at noon at Princeton. The Thunderhawks will host their home opener Dec. 1 against Notre Dame Academy.
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