AFTER back-to-back 14-win seasons, the Brown County girls basketball team is looking to take the next step.
The Eagles hope to overtake Sullivan for the Western Indiana Conference title and Edgewood for the sectional championship. Brown County, which hosts a Class 3A sectional this year, has been knocked out by Edgewood each of the past three seasons.
“We have the core of our kids back, and we should be very competitive,” Brown County coach Mike Harmon said. “We had a good team last year, but hopefully, we can play a little bit better.”
The Eagles return three starters from a team that went 14-9. Leading the way is 6-foot senior Sasha Robinson (12.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg), a four-year starter and an Evansville recruit.
“She’s a good athlete,” Harmon said. “She’s good around the basket and gets out on the floor and creates some opportunities for us, too.”
Rebecca Wedan, a 5-7 junior point guard, was Brown County’s second-leading scorer at 8.9 and led the team with 2.2 assists a game.
“She’s a good scorer and can handle the ball pretty well,” Harmon said. “She has a year of experience as far as handling the basketball, so she should be even better this year.”
The other returning starter is 6-0 junior forward Whitney Williamson (6.3 ppg), who shot 61.6 percent from the field.
“Whitney has a nice touch around the basket,” Harmon said. “With Sasha and Whitney underneath, it makes us long and athletic.”
Tanner Chapman, a 5-7 sophomore, is the only other player with much varsity experience. Chapman (0.4 ppg) played in nine games last year.
Emily Brady, a 5-4 sophomore and a state qualifier in track, will likely be the other starter.
“Chapman is very good taking the ball to the basket with her left hand, and Brady is quick,” Harmon said. “They’re good, solid role players that maybe can get a bucket or two, play good, solid defense and maybe handle the ball a little bit.”
Harmon will look to 5-7 junior Sarah Southerland, 5-8 sophomore Carly Williams and 5-7 freshman Rachel Smith to provide depth.
“(Smith) kind of brings an element of quickness,” Harmon said. “She really gets after the ball and tries to create a lot of turnovers.
“We have some new players this year,” he said. “You just teach them how to play hard, and we’re going to try to press and trap and maybe have some easy offense that way. We have a lot of quickness.”
At a glance
Brown County Eagles
Last year’s record: 14-9
Coach: Mike Harmon
Key losses: Karissa Lory, Emma Morgan, Sarah Brunton, Alice Merryman
Returning starters: 6-0 senior Sasha Robinson (12.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg), 5-7 junior Rebecca Wedan (8.9 ppg), 6-0 junior Whitney Williamson (6.3 ppg)
Other key returners: 5-7 sophomore Tanner Chapman (0.4 ppg)