Mount View looks to use hard to build for future
Thorndike — The following is a synopsis for the 2012-13 Mount View High School girls varsity basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Erica Gabbainelli, third year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 2-16, 18th in Eastern Class B. The Mustangs did not qualify for the playoffs.
Roster: Seniors Kaitlyn Leavitt (5-foot 6-inch forward), Alexis Morse (5-6 forward/guard), Janelle Thornley (5-2 guard) and Coleen Schofield (5-9 forward); juniors Courtney Morse (5-3 guard) and Stephanie Silkey (5-8 forward); sophomores Brooke Tripp (5-10 forward/center) and Dinah Bilodeau (5-11 forward/center); and freshmen Jenni Nadeau (5-5 guard), Meredith Picard (5-4 guard) and Megan Elkins (5-4 guard).
Outlook: The Mustangs are young and likely will experience growing pains this season, but after only two wins last season, the squad from Thorndike has no place to go but up. And Mount View student-athletes intend to work hard to accomplish that.
Despite losing four starters to graduation, Mount View has a team full of hard workers, evident by the team's recent preseason victory over Bucksport.
While Thornley is a strong perimeter shooter and both Bilodeau and Tripp could pose matchup problems for opponents in the paint, coach Gabainelli hopes this year's squad will be more team-oriented than squads in years past.
"I'm hoping a bunch of people step up," the coach said. "Our weaknesses outweigh our strengths, but we're building and we're excited for the future."
Gabainelli said she has been preaching team defense to her student-athletes, a lesson that will be paramount if the Mustangs hope to be successful in the conference.
"The [Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division] is pretty tough and every night is a battle," she said. "They all work hard so every night when you go into the gym you've got to be ready to battle it out. "
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