Hazen girls basketball team returns a wealth of experience
Hazen girls basketball coach John Ward returns three starters and a handful of letterwinners from a team that went 14-10 last season and finished second in Region 7. Steph Ziegler, Krista Slaubaugh and Kayla Lindquist, all seniors, return to thei...
Hazen girls basketball coach John Ward returns three starters and a handful of letterwinners from a team that went 14-10 last season and finished second in Region 7.
Steph Ziegler, Krista Slaubaugh and Kayla Lindquist, all seniors, return to their starting roles, giving Ward a solid foundation to build on in his lineup.
Ziegler averaged 10 points and five boards per game, while Slaubaugh averaged nine points and seven rebounds a night. Lindquist also grabbed seven rebounds per game.
“Krista brings such an athletic ability. She can jump, score and play defense on a post or a point guard,” Ward said. “Steph, she brings the same entire thing. When she plays defense on somebody, she takes pride in that, but she is also a threat on offense. (Lindquist), she has a nice shot, and she can handle the ball when she needs to. She can speed things up or slow them down for us. It really makes us a competitive team because of those individuals.”
Beyond those three, the Bison return letterwinners in senior Eva Byerley (2 ppg, 2 rpg in 2014-15) and sophomore Raquel Doll (4 ppg, 1.5 assists). Sophomores McKenzie Walter and Grace Zimmerman also returns as letterwinners.
Ward said he looks forward to having his team show off its athleticism on the defensive end.
“Like we’ve done in the past, and most teams know, we’ll use our defense, use our presses, to cause some headaches for the offense,” he said. “So we can create our own offense by playing good defense, getting steals and those kinds of things.”
Many of the team’s players are carryovers from the school’s Region 7 champion volleyball squad, which will surely add a competitive edge.
“They each come in with a nice work ethic,” he said. “From them playing other sports also, they’re going to come in with some leadership.”
Head coach: John Ward (seventh season)
Last year: 14-10, 9-3 Region 7
Returners: Krista Slaubaugh, Sr., F (9 ppg, 7 rpg, 63 total steals); Kayla Lindquist, Sr., G (4 ppg, 7 rpg); Stephanie Ziegler, Sr., G/F (10 ppg, 5 rpg, 66 total steals); Raquel Doll, Soph., G (4 ppg, 4 rpg); Eva Byerley, Sr., C (2 ppg, 2 rpg); McKenzie Walter, Soph., C; Grace Zimmerman, Soph. F; Courtney Rask, Jr., G; Kylie Wahl, Jr., F; Bailey Walters, Sr., C.