SVC Boys
Popular choice is Piketon to take the title
SVC Girls
Unioto locked and loaded for repeat run
Great perimeter scoring, solid point-guard play,
and great athleticism on the frontline are all
reasons many people around the Scioto Valley
Conference like the Redstreaks to capture this
year's league title.

Cody Smith and Jordan Brabson return to give
Piketon arguably the best 1-2 scoring punch in the
league. With Evan Legg returning at the point
position, this senior duo should get plenty of solid
looks.

On the defensive end, the versatility of Keenan
Brush, Kenny Helton, and Caleb Southworth
gives Coach Lisath plenty of options to
mix-and-match his defensvie schemes.

Pushing Piketon for the top spot will be Zane
Trace. The Pioneers have great depth and
athleticism. They will get plenty of offense with
Kirk Maxwell leading a balanced attack, but again
this year, their question mark will come in their
consistency with guard play. Zane Trace does
grow up a lot in the backcourt returning several
players with varsity experience.

Another contender could be Adena. The Warriors
will lack a little depth; however, Clay Roll returns
as one of the front-runners to win this year's
conference player-of-the-year. The Adena senior
enters this year knocking on the door of
1,000
career points, and is an extremely tough match-up
for his opponents. His ability to shoot it from three
as well as a very solid mid-range game combines
to make him one of southern Ohio's prolific
scorers.

Two of the scariest teams in the league could be
Westfall and Unioto. It is tough to say if they have
enough to contend over the 14-game schedule,
but they both have great size and athleticism.
Unioto has a huge frontline with 6-11 Alex
Kimsey and 6-5 Quentin Detillion just to name a
couple; however, they were hurt a year ago by
inconsistent guard play. This year there is
optimism for improvement in the backcourt, but
much of their talent is young and unproven. In this
mix, you can also throw in the defending champs.
Huntington returns great expereince on the
frontline in Corey Cottrill and Drew Trusty as well
as Craig Magill at guard.

Rounding out the league on the boys side you
have Southeastern and Paint Valley. First-year
head coach Kyle Uhrig takes over the
tradition-rich program at Southeastern, and will
look to seniors and size to compete throughout
the year. The Bearcats will be led by a trio of
seniors (Matt Workman, Mike Hamilton, and
Josh Long) as well as a very athletic group of
sophomores and juniors.
As a coach, you usually feel fortunate to have one
solid guard that you feel comfortable running the
show. This year's Unioto team has three. Add that
to one of the league's top post players, and what
you have is a 20-2 team from last year that is even
better in 2008.

Shiann Ray and Chloe Cottrill return for Unioto
providing the Lady Shermans a dominate
interchangable combo on the perimeter. Janae
Driggs also returns with both point and off-guard
skills that gives Unioto a very lethal backcourt.

Complementing the fine guard play will be
Mackenzie Arledge. The sophomore returns after
averaging double-figures last season as a freshman.
Liza Elliott, who had
a solid freshman season two years ago before
missing most of last season with an injury, returns
this season and combines with Heather Sanders to
give the Tanks good depth on the frontline.

If the Tanks have a weakness it is probably the
consistency from the outside in terms of shooting.
The great guard play is made up of players that
would rather beat defenses off the bounce rather
than catch and shoot. Combine this with Arledge,
and Unioto will probably be looking at zone
defenses for most of the year. The purple and gold
will combat this with their great defensive pressure.
This is a part of their game that did not get nearly
the credit it deserved a year ago, and should help
jump-start their offense on nights in which their
opponents try to slow the tempo.

At the top with the Shermans should be the Lady
Warriors of Adena. Volleyball player-of-the-year,
Ashley Jordan will be one of the top candidates to
win that same award on the hardwood as well.
Jordan, who should surpass the
1,000 scoring mark
sometime after Christmas, is one of the league's
toughest match-ups. The athletic lefty can score in a
variety of ways and should be helped by a nice
supporting cast. Brytan Givens returns at the point
for the two-shade blue, and Kirsti Yates and Kelsey
Bielanow add depth on the Adena frontline. Brittney
and Brooke Snyder will also give the Warriors
some much needed perimeter shooting. Adena does
lack some size, but as all Lee Snyder coached
teams have done in the past, you can be sure Adena
will take care of the ball and play great defense to
keep them in every game they play.

Another contender will be Joe Dunkle's Zane Trace
team. The red, white, and blue returns quite a bit off
a team that made a lot of noise towards the end of
last season. Other than Unioto, Zane Trace is
probably the most balanced team in the league with
too many athletes and threats to mention.

After that - your guess is as good as mine.
Huntington returns four or five players with varsity
experience, but the loss of Lydia Bridenbaugh and
Jess Fraley leaves several question marks on the
offensive end. Paint Valley has a very talented
starting five anchored by Tristan Rumfield and Erica
Barker but little depth off the bench, and Piketon,
Southeastern, and Westfall have very young rosters
that will need time to adjust to the varsity level. If I
had to pick a sleeper, I would go Piketon. The
Lady Redstreaks return a solid scorer in Heather
Burns and welcome one of the league's top
newcomers in Alex Southworth. If Piketon can get a
solid post presence from Andrea Beekman, the
Lady Redstreaks could sneak into a top-half finish.
SVCsportszone.com's 2008-2009 Scioto Valley Conference Basketball Preview
Click on the school of your choice to see this
year's schedule and roster for both boys and girls!
Please keep in mind we are still trying to get
some rosters and any help would be appreciated.
With the girls taking the preview stage this Friday night (November 21st) and the boys taking their turn next Friday night
(
November 28th), it is time to start thinking about some predictions for the upcoming season. It is probably too early and
in some ways unfair until we see how some preseason things go to start ranking teams; however, based on paper and last
year's teams, here are some thoughts for the 2008-2009 season. Please understand that this article is based on my
opinions from last year and the few rosters that I have received to this point. I will be anxious to see the previews to see
who is playing, who is not playing, and any other unexpected circumstances that could play a role in this year's league
races.
Congratulations to Unioto's
Shiann Ray! Ray signed to play
her college ball at Ashland!
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