Brandon Allman, coach of the Brownstown Central girls basketball team, has a pretty good idea of what to expect from seniors Maddy Hackman and Kalee Borden.
Allman said the success of the team will depend a lot on how well and how soon the other players improve and fill their roles.
“We’ve got a lot of questions to answer. Who is going to really be able to step in and give us some positive minutes?” he said.
Hackman is beginning her fourth season as a varsity starter and this is Borden’s third season as a varsity starter. Hackman has scored 1,019 points for her career and averaged 16.7 last winter, and Borden averaged 7.8 PPG.
“Maddy is a sharp shooter and has a chance to break a lot of records and arguably get into the top 10 or top five all time in 3-pointers made in state history,” Allman said. Hackman holds the school season (70) and career (228) 3-point records.
“Kalee is going to do everything for us. She may have to handle the ball some. She is going to score for us,” Allman said. “She is going to defend, rebound. She is a really nice piece to have on our basketball team. I do have our two best players back.”
Allman said, “We’re replacing three senior starters from last year (Hannah Stahl, Andrea Bair, Emma Klinge) that had experience and brought some toughness and that’s what we’re going to have to replace. We do have some leadership and scoring back. We’re going to have to have some girls who are going to be able to step in and do some of the little things.”
Other seniors are Madison Stuckwisch, Jo Brittain and Camryn Thompson. Stuckwisch and Brittain played last season but Thompson hasn’t played basketball since her freshman year.
“We’re excited about having Camryn back,” Allman said. “She does bring a level of toughness. She plays hard and she’ll do whatever you ask her to do so it’s really nice to have her back.”
The only junior on the roster is Kelsey Schneider.
“We’ve got a slew of sophomores that are going to have to compete and play for us,” Allman said. He said the Braves will fast break when they have the opportunity.
“I told our girls that we’re known for our hard-nosed, man-to-man-defense. We do have some length and we may try trapping and pressing and getting after teams and really try to get up-and-down to be able to score the basketball.”
Hackman and freshman Sophie Wischmeier are the tallest players on the roster at 5-foot-9, while Borden, Thompson, Kinzee Dean and Hailey Hobson are all listed at 5-foot-8.
Allman is beginning his fourth season coaching the varsity girls and led them to a 16-12 record last winter that included a sectional championship.
He said the Mid-Southern Conference will be strong again this winter.
“The MSC is extremely difficult and it’s going to be the same this year. I think every school in our conference has either won a state title or been to the state finals,” he said. “I think we’re right in the middle of the pack. We’re definitely going to be competitive. We’ve got girls that are going to compete their tail end off and play hard. We do things the right way.
“We always talk about we want to be playing our best basketball come February. We’re going to have to be really disciplined, not turn the basketball over. Corydon, Silver Creek, Charlestown are really going to pressure us. We need to be able to handle their pressure. We don’t want any wasted possessions on the offensive end, and we’ve got to be able to defend and let the pieces fall where they may.”
Assistant coaches are Luke Warren, Zach McCory and Shelby Stuckwisch.
The Braves will host Corydon at 6 p.m. Saturday for a MSC game. Silver Creek won the MSC last season and Corydon was second.