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December 13, 2012

Scott Dudinskie's girls basketball column: Green Dragons shoot for No. 1

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"I really want to replay that game over again because we should have won that game," Kelleher said Monday.

The 2012-13 season began for Lewisburg that February afternoon in Milton. The Dragons realized (when they played with a team that went to the state quarters at 27-1) they had the makings of something special. They graduated two starters (Chelsea Boyer, Drew Kline) but a strong group of underclassmen would return to the court with varsity experience.

"That was a good jumping-off point for us, when you see how far Mount Carmel went and how strong they were, even statewide," said Stamm. "For us to go into that game, with that atmosphere, and compete the way we did, it gave us a lot of confidence.

"We do have a lot of people back from that team, but potential's a funny thing. You have to do it on the floor."

Monday's win was obviously a positive step, and the Dragons will know where they stand by year's end. They play two more HAC-I teams (Shikellamy and Selinsgrove) before facing fellow HAC-II contenders Warrior Run and Mount Carmel in a span of three days next week.

Lewisburg is much deeper, more experienced and a little more athletic than last year.

Sophomore sisters Emily and Kasey Conrad, and Haley Stanko, yet another sophomore, were in the starting lineup Monday. Junior Lenore Doyle, who started at times last season, played well off the bench, as did sophomore Kirsten Blakeslee.

"The younger kids have ability but they have to find their way a little bit. I think they'll get a lot better as the season goes on," said Stamm. "Right now it's really about getting the right blend of players on the floor for what we want to do, a mixture of players who can succeed."

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