Hamlin girls basketball coach Casey Botos returns all five starters and expects a turnaround for the Lady Pipers this year.
“This team will be a great group to coach,” Botos said. “All are very, very quick, looking to press more defensively and drive more offensively. We have only two seniors, and this group has been with me the last two years. It is time for things to click and gel together.”
Hamlin was 9-15 overall and 0-10 in District 10-2A last year.
Botos welcomes the return of 5’7” junior guard Samantha Gonzalez, who is coming back from injuries.
“Samantha will help fill the leadership role as point guard,” Botos said.
Kelsi Martin, a 5’8” junior, will be the team’s shooting guard behind the 3-point line. Cora Botos, a 5’7” sophomore, played point guard last year after a year off because of an ACL injury.
Bo Richardson, a 5’10” sophomore forward, is new to the Hamlin team this year.
“Bo participates in club ball all summer,” Botos said. “She is a very aggressive forward offensively and defensively. I am looking for her to be a bright spot and full of energy.”
Emalee Dunivien, a 5’6” junior guard is a returning starter, who Botos described as “very quick and a defensive player.”
Zoe Moore, a 5’6” junior guard played on both the varsity and JV last year, and Botos said Moore will help defensively.
Botos noted that the Lady Pipers’ biggest weakness is a lack of height in the post area.