With a district championship to show for last season (10-14), which was turbulent in the beginning, a very athletic Three Rivers varsity girls basketball team is out to compete for a Wolverine Conference championship and make a deep postseason run. Head coach Jason Bingaman, along with sophomore Hadley Miller, senior Arionne Fowlkes and senior Tessa Hawkins, sat down with Joe Insider to talk about their expectations for the 2017-18 campaign.
Video by Wes Morgan
Arionne Fowlkes • SR • G
2016-17 Notes: All-Wolverine Conference honorable mention, 8.1 ppg, 2.4 assists, 2.6 steals per game.
Hadley Miller • SO • F
2016-17 Notes: All-Wolverine Conference Second Team, 11 ppg (42% shooting) 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 steals per game.
Izzy Taylor • SR • F
2016-17 Notes: 5 rebounds, 2 steals per game, started last 6 games of season.
Tessa Hawkins • SR • G
2016-17 Notes: 33% from field, 2 steals per game.
Diamond Carter • JR • F
2016-17 Notes: 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals per game.
Aislyn Sternbergh • JR• G
Jessica Barnes • JR • F
Alayna Abnet • JR • G
Erin Brady • JR • G
Alivia Knapp • FR • G
Kali Heivilin • FR • G
“This year we will not be tall, but I believe we will be faster defensively than last last season,” Bingaman said. “We have a good core group of girls returning that were a big part of us being successful at the end of the year and thier goal is to pick up right where we left off. All of those returners have the potential for larger roles at both ends. We will look for our returners to lead us while allowing newcomers a chance to get comfortable. Being able to produce offense through our defense will again be important for us early on.
“This year I think Edwardsburg is again the favorite in the south division, with Otsego being the favorite in the north. Starting out with a division game right off the bat is a challenge again that the girls are looking forward to.
“I’ve enjoyed being in the gym so far with these girls, they are eager to learn and buying in to what we are wanting to do defensively which is key for us to be successful. We play 5 of our 7 games before break on the road so we will have to fight that element if we want to be in position to be playing for the division title in February.”