Hawley girls basketball coach Michael Muscatell expects to play a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the varsity this year, but that hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm.
“We will have to replace a lot from last year’s team,” he said, “but I feel like this group has the potential to step up and will find success. I am excited about this group of girls and excited about this season.”
Ava Davis, a 5’10” junior, missed all of last season due to an injury, but Muscatell said she has been working hard to get back to where she was before the injury.
“She is going to be a major contributor for our team this season,” he stated.
Kinley Corley, a 5’6” sophomore point guard, was the second-leading scorer on the team last year, averaging six points per game. She also averaged two assists per game.
“She is going to be a huge part of our success and will be expected to be a leader on and off the court,” Muscatell added.
Another sophomore, 6’1” Shaylynn Bailey, was the third leading scorer and rebounder on the team as a freshman.
Kylee Carey, a 5’5” senior, has a knack for always being around the ball, according to Muscatell.
“She is a really strong rebounder and does most of the little things that go unnoticed but are so important to a team’s success,” he said.
Muscatell also expects 5’5” senior Bri McKinney to step into a bigger role this year.
The Lady Bearcats were 12-12 overall last year and 3-9 in rugged District 10-2A.