Notre Dame Prep coach Katie Marks has been anxiously waiting for a new season to begin in order to watch nine returnees — including three starters — from a team that went 18-7 last year come together.
"It's really nice to know we have so much potential going into the season, and that we can go far if we live up to it," said Marks, who is in her 11th season. "We are pretty mentally tough and can bounce back when things don't go our way."
Marks may be referring to the loss of 5-foot-6 junior point guard Annika Meyer, a two-year starter who is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
However, the coach feels she has capable replacements in senior Halle Regan (5-4) and freshman Nicki Swam (5-2).
"Halle was a point guard when Annika wasn't in the game," Marks said of the shooting guard. "Halle is our best leader and knows the plays best. She is one of our better decision makers and she is just emotionally our leader out there."
"Speed and experience are our strengths," Marks said. "It's nice to know we have so many returning players. I see girls that know what we want and know what we expect. They are just excited to be here and working hard at practice every day."