When the door closed on the stellar high school basketball career of 2012 Hauser graduate Taylor Miller, several doors of opportunity opened for other members of the Hauser Lady Jets.
Miller left a 24.3 points per game hole in the roster, and there are several Lady Jets waiting to fill it.
However, with 5-foot-5 Breanna Lange as the lone senior on the varsity roster, Hauser is in a rebuilding mode.
The team looks to gain experience, with hopes of a bright future in the Mid-Hoosier Conference.
Hauser Lady Jets
LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 13-10
COACH: Scott Seiple
KEY LOSSES: Taylor Miller, Claire Dodd, Lauren Gross
RETURNING STARTERS: 5-5 senior Breanna Lange (6 ppg), 5-7 sophomore Ellie Trotter (5.4 ppg)
OTHER KEY PLAYERS: 5-9 junior Erynn Shaw, 5-3 sophomore Sarah Anderson
“We only return about 14 points per game from last season and two starters, so we are looking for some leadership and scoring,” said fourth-year Hauser coach Scott Seiple, who faces his first season without a clear on-court leader. “We are extremely young with only one senior in the rotation, so we hope to gain some experience this season as we come together as a team.”
Hauser finished this past season with a 13-10 record, including 5-3 in conference play. The team struggled to find consistency during the season and finished third in the Mid-Hoosier Conference. The Lady Jets will have to mature quickly as a team if they hope to climb higher and overtake perennial conference powerhouse Indian Creek (7-1 in conference games). With this past year’s conference champions Triton Central moving to the Indiana Crossroads Conference, the door is open for Hauser to step up and challenge for the a spot.
Returning starters Lange and 5-foot-7 sophomore Ellie Trotter will be stepping up to help lead the younger players. Lange averaged 6 points per game this past season and was a defensive leader. She is the team’s only senior, and her experience on the court will be a valuable resource to her fellow teammates.
Trotter averaged 5.4 points per game as a freshman. She has good range, which gives her the potential to raise her averages during her second season. Both players will try to help fill the leadership role left vacant by Miller, who is now a freshman at Ball State University.
Seiple brings in three freshmen whom he expects to contribute right away — 5-foot-2 Leslie Sims, 5-foot-5 Paige Miller and 5-foot-6 Abbey Ashbrook. All three are talented and athletic and will continue to grow and mature with experience. Key players off the bench for Hauser include a quartet of sophomores — 5-foot-8 Frances Shoaf, 5-foot-8 Jordan McDaniel, 5-foot-3 Sarah Anderson and 5-foot-9 Danielle Sneed.
All will receive substantial playing time when the starters are off the floor.
A talented pool of players at the junior varsity level will also help contribute to Hauser’s future success, with some possibly seeing minutes this season. A number of players are on the verge of varsity contribution including 5-foot-6 junior Maria Filadelpho, 5-foot-3 sophomore Katelyn Yarling, 5-foot-6 senior Carsen Dean and 5-foot-5 sophomore Erica Bostic. Freshman players who are new to the reserve squad this season are 5-foot-6 Abbey Ashbrook, 5-foot-9 Lucie Lortz, 5-foot-3 Maycie Asher and 5-foot-10 Mallory Jordan.
One of the tests for the Lady Jets will be the Toby Yoho Tournament on Dec. 27-28 at Eastern Greene High School. Hauser hopes to improve on its performance this past year, where it was ousted in the second round of the annual tournament by Forest Park.
In order for Hauser to achieve success this season, it will need to reduce the number of turnovers it committed early in the season and raise the level of its defense.