GREENVILLE — First-year varsity girls basketball coach Bill Plessinger is looking for Greenville to keep getting better as the season moves on.
“I think we are going to get stronger as we go,” Plessinger said. “We want to win now at the varsity level. We want to start being competitive at every level. We want to get everybody used to winning again.”
Five seniors fill the role of team captains, assuming leadership responsibilities for the Wave.
“I really did something outside the box. We went with the five senior captains. I couldn’t distinguish one from the other so we picked them all,” Plessinger said. “All five of the girls are excited about it.”
Greenville returns two starters, Paige Tester and Haleigh Luce, from last year’s team along with letter winners Chloe McKinney, Rachel Foreman and Mallory Rich. Karlee Lennen, a past letter winner, returns for her senior year after taking a year off.
“We are going to start with the five seniors. They have been the leaders,” Plessinger said. “If we can stay healthy, hopefully they will start 20-some games, but we’ll go one game at a time. For right now it will be the five seniors starting.
“There are five junior varsity girls that will be dressing varsity,” Plessinger said. “I feel comfortable putting everyone of them in if I need to at a certain point.
“Sophomore Chloe McKinney is like a sixth starter, and junior Kirsten Davis, who just moved back to Greenville, has really stepped up,” Plessinger said. “We have some people really starting to come into their own now.”
Coach Plessinger went on to talk about the team’s chemistry.
“We are athletic and long. We’re not tall, but we’re not short. We are extremely athletic. We’re fast. They get up and down the court. When we spot up, we’re pretty good shooters. A lot of our good defense is going to lead to a lot of our offense.
“I just think our athleticism, our length will be our biggest advantage on offense. We have some pretty fast kids. Rachel Foreman is really fast.
“Offensively we are still a work in progress. We’re getting there. Defense will definitely be our biggest asset. That goes with athleticism.
“We are kind of point guard by committee; we are kind of post by committee,” Plessinger said. “When I teach, I teach about Henry Ford and interchangeable parts. We have to have interchangeable parts. We’ve really worked in practice of everyone doing the different positions so that we’re more flexible.
“We’re going to be as good as our defense takes us,” Plessinger said. “I really think our defense can be exceptional.”
Plessinger has high praise for the coaching staff and players and is not making excuses for the new season.
“When we all get it figured out and it all comes together, and it might take a few more weeks, you have to remember every team we play they had all summer together,” Plessinger said. “We didn’t have any summer time, none, and we were a little behind from that at the beginning, but I think we’ve caught up. They are really starting to play basketball and put it all together.”
Coach Plessinger, commenting on the 2013-04 season said, “Our beginning schedule is pretty brutal.”
“The GWOC North is the five teams and us — Troy, Trotwood, Piqua, Butler and Sidney. I think we can compete for that section of the North championship. Good defense gets you a long ways, and we’re not even two weeks into this match-up zone,” Plessinger said. “As we get better at it, our goal is to win the GWOC North division championship. Anything less, the staff won’t be happy, I don’t think the girls will be happy because we have them believing they are going to win it.”
Steve Liette takes over the freshman coaching duties while David Fisherback takes over as the junior varsity coach.
“Dave Westfall is my varsity assistant,” Plessinger said. “He has 30-years coaching. He is what we need right now for our program to get turned around. It’s a great staff. We think alike and we click together. We are all working hard together.”
Heading into the new season coach Plessinger added, “I really think we’ve come a long way.”