Girls Basketball: Holdingford season preview

After having only one senior to go to last year, Holdingford is looking for the playing time its then-underclassmen gained to translate into big improvements this winter.

“We have more experience now and look to be competitive in the conference,” Holdingford head coach Ashley Hoffmann said. “Our strengths this year will be our quickness and ability to get the ball up the floor quickly. We will also look to play tough solid team ‘D.’ We lost one senior last year so we have grown up a bit.”

The top returner for Holdingford will be senior guard Joelle Ertl, who averaged 17.4 points per game last season and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career.

“Ertl will be a big piece in all aspects of our game,” Hoffmann said. “She is our physical and emotional leader. She is such a harder worker, we always know she will give us 150 percent every night.”

Also returning with starting experience are seniors Sam Maciej and Jodi Middendorf and juniors Chelsey Gerads and Haily Koopmeiners, with newcomers expected to contribute including senior Megan Auger, junior Kaitlyn Hellmann and freshmen Kailee Heinen, Corrie Ethen and Jo Merten.

Jena Volkers was the lone graduate from last year’s roster.

Holdingford opens the season at home versus St. John’s Prep, Tuesday.