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Youth movement begins at LSC

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team heads into the 2009-10 season with a young, inexperienced squad which features six first-year players, including five freshmen. Having lost four starters to graduation, the Lady Hornets will use its non-conference schedule to prepare themselves for the always-competitive North Atlantic Conference campaign.

"Were taking it game-by-game," said LSC Head Coach Vinnie Maloney. "Our first semester we'll play a number on non-conference games which will be a good way to get acclimated to playing at a high level before the conference season begins in the second semester."

Leading the core of returnees is Naomi White, a 5-foot-6 sophomore from Danville, Vt. She is the only returning starter from last season, averaging 7.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game. Junior Stephanie Barclay and sophomore Danielle LaFont also return to the LSC backcourt and will be asked to improve upon their combined seven points and 26 minutes per game averages from a year ago.

"I'm expecting a lot from them and they realize that as well," said Maloney. "They are setting the tone for the next three or four years."

Lost to graduation were starting guards Elizabeth Hall and Jackie Wetzel, center Sara Fetterhoff, forward Jen Stoddard-Imari, and guard/forward Kelly Warren. Wetzel was a 1,000 point scorer at Lyndon while Fetterhoff and Stoddard-Imari tallied over 900 points each in their careers.

Leading the class of incoming freshman is Abby Fadden, a 5'9" forward from North Haverhill, N.H. She was a first-team All-State performer at Woodsville High School and will be counted on to carry her share of the scoring responsibilities.

Marisa Harris, a 5'2" guard from South Burlington, Vt., Jasmine Harrington, a 5'8" center from East Corinth, Vt., Liz Pavlik a 5'10" center from Bridgeport, Conn., and Kasey Steinmetz, a 5'11" forward from Lebanon, N.H., round out the Lyndon State's recruiting class.

"How they handle adversity will be important because there will be bumps in the road," said Maloney. "Even as freshman, they will be thrown into the fire and expected to get playing time."

Sam Smith, another returning sophomore, is currently recovering from a hand injury sustained during the soccer season and will return in several weeks. First-year player Shauna Buck, senior, has also joined the team for the 2009-10 season.

"With so many new faces in little amount of time, it's important to grow and get better throughout the season," said Maloney.