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Dulaney girls basketball team plays with energy

Dulaney junior forward Lydia Naughton, right, was a solid contributor for the Lions last year, averaging eight points and six rebounds per game.
Dulaney junior forward Lydia Naughton, right, was a solid contributor for the Lions last year, averaging eight points and six rebounds per game.

If a good attitude is all the Dulaney girls need to make a deep playoff run, the Lions might be flirting with a state championship.

Sixth-year coach Jess Szymanski makes it clear the Lions have a different makeup than her previous squads.

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"They are probably the most coachable team I've had," Szymanski said. "I just love their attitude. They come every day with energy and they are willing to get better. We are really resilient and so positive. In the past, we necessarily hadn't had that all year long."

Dulaney returned two players to the starting lineup from a team that went 14-8 last year and lost in the third round of the playoffs: Junior forward Lydia Naughton (6 feet 1) and sophomore guard Rachel Krug (5-6). Krug led the team in scoring last year, averaging 10 points per game.

"We used her at point guard sometimes last year," Szymanski said. "This year I want to use her more as a shooting guard."

Naughton contributed eight points and six rebounds per game last year.

"She has a high basketball, IQ," Szymanski said. "She moves very well with or without the ball."

Szymanski has been attempting to find the right mix of players early in the season.

Sophomore forwards Don'shae Harp (5-8) and Julia Whatley (5-9), junior forward Akirra Pullen (5-9), senior guards Brittany Bell (5-7) and Alleshia Pullen (5-8) and junior guard Mikeala Romero (5-6), have also started games.

"It's a rebuilding year for us," said Szymanski, whose team started the season 2-2, beating Towson Harford Christian and losing to Catonsville and Manchester Valley. "I think every time we play we are getting better, we are jelling and seeing some really good things. By the end of the season, we will be able to compete with a lot of teams."

Sophomore guards Riley McWilliams (5-8) and Mae Dickens (5-6), senior guard Leah Mexis (5-8), sophomore forward Lily Davison (6-1) and junior forward Cory Levy (5-9) also hope to make their presence felt.

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