BLOOMFIELD -- Girls basketball coach Chris Hitchcock is excited about this season as well as the future of the Bloomfield High School Lady Cardinals.
Hitchcock will begin his fourth year at BHS with a roster that includes three seniors, two juniors, one sophomore and nine freshmen.
"A lot of people might overlook us because we lost four of our five starters from last year's team," said Hitchcock, who has a 35-28 record in his first three seasons at Bloomfield. "But we have a nice mix of experience and youth.
"I think by the end of the season, nobody is going to want to play us."
Elena Weddle is one of the trio of seniors returning. The 5-6 guard averaged 3.1 points per game for the Lady Cardinals, who finished 9-12 a year ago, including 5-3 in the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference.
"Elena does a great of giving us energy," said Hitchcock. "She really provides a spark for us.
"By the sectional, she was starting. She is our most vocal leader and one of our better defenders."
Kari Schulte is a 5-8 senior who will play in the post.
"Kari did a good job of playing off the bench last season," Hitchcock said of Schulte, who averaged 1.7 ppg as she appeared in all 21 games as a junior. "She is a good defender and a good rebounder.
"She has a better arsenal offensively and we expect her to score more this season. We expect our seniors to play at a very high level."
Kristin Hall, a 5-4 guard, will be asked to contribute more as a senior. She played in 20 games, averaging 0.8 ppg.
"After starting well as a junior, things just never really clicked for Kristin," said Hitchcock. "This is going to be her year to step up.
"She can shoot the ball anywhere from 10 feet out to the 3-point line and we will look for her to score from the backcourt."
Junior Alicia Hasler, a 5-7 point guard, is the top returning scorer at just under four points per game.
"In the last half of last year, Alicia showed the ability to score," said Hitchcock. "She scored 20 points against Northview and had a few more games of 12 or 13.
"She has figured out how to play at the varsity level. She is very quick and does a good job of driving and penetrating. She also has a nice 3-point shot."
Cheyenne Wikle is the other junior on the roster. The 5-7 forward played most junior varsity a year ago, but did see time in six varsity games.
"Of all the players we have, Cheyenne has improved the most as a basketball player," said the BHS coach. "This is going to be her shot after playing two years on the junior varsity.
"She is going to be able to contribute at the varsity level."
Ceci Craig is the lone sophomore on the BHS roster.
"Ceci is a hard worker," said Hitchcock. "I see her playing a lot on the junior varsity, where she will have a chance to continue to develop."
Aubrey Adams is one of the nine frosh.
"Aubrey will be a point guard for us," said Hitchcock. "She is a solid ball hander.
"She works very hard and is a smart player."
Emily Bucher is a 5-10 freshman forward.
"Emily is our most athletic person," said Hitchcock. "She is a really great rebounder, a very strong rebounder for a freshman.
"She is a finesse scorer. She is unorthodox but crafty around the basket."
Madison Toon is another 5-10 freshman.
"Madison is going to play inside for us," said Hitchcock. "She works hard defensively and is good rebounder.
"She is solid offensively and can score. She will sacrifice for the good of the team. She will dive on the floor."
Meaghan Bond can play both guard and forward, Hitchcock said of the 5-8 freshman.
"Meaghan is pure hustle. She goes 100 percent all of the time," he said. "She has a great shot and is an offensive threat. She can make a difference when she is on the court, especially when teams try to zone us."
Coach Hitchcock said that Marissa McIntosh, a 5-5 guard, has a very nice shot and is a very consistent scorer.
"Marissa is the most intelligent freshman I have ever coached," said Hitchcock. "You don't have to tell her something twice.
"She can make a big difference in game on offense when teams go to a zone defense."
Kylee Moody is a 5-6 freshman guard who is extremely athletic and strong defensively, according to Hitchcock.
"Kylee is good at anticipating and creating steals defensively," he said. "We are hoping that her offensive game develops."
Averi Workman is a pure shooter, Hitchcock said of the 5-3 frosh guard.
"We are surprised when a shot of her doesn't go in," said Hitchcock.
"She has a lot of confidence in her shot.
"If teams zone us, she has the ability to change that. She needs to develop her skills defensively."
Mariah Long, a 5-7 freshman forward, is described by Hitchcock as probably their most inexperienced player.
"She works extremely hard," Hitchcock said of Long. "She knows how to put the ball in the basket.
"She has a great effort and desire to get the basketball."
Hitchcock knows his youthful team will have some growing pains to experience.
"There are going to be nights where we beat people we shouldn't and lose to people we should beat," said Hitchcock, who will have Ashley
Patton and Melissa Cochrane as his assistant coaches again. "One day our young players look great and the next day they don't.
"I am looking forward to this season. It is going to be fun, but also be very challenging. We have great senior leaders and a good mix of young players. The conference is going to be wide open and Sullivan and North Knox should be the favorites in our sectional. We are just going to take it game by game."
NO. NAME HT. GR. POS.
10 Aubrey Adams 5-3 9 G
11 Averi Workman 5-4 9 G
12 Alicia Hasler 5-6 11 G
15 Elena Weddle 5-6 12 G
20 Shelby Patton 5-7 9 F
22 Kristin Hall 5-4 12 G
23 Marissa McIntosh 5-4 9 G
24 Cheyenne Wikle 5-7 11 F
30 Emily Bucher 5-10 9 F
32 Meaghan Bond 5-7 9 F
35 Kylee Moody 5-7 9 G
40 Ceci Graig 5-4 10 G
51 Mariah Long 5-7 9 F
52 Kari Schulte 5-8 12 F
54 Madison Toon 5-10 9 F
Head coach: Chris Hitchcock (35-28, three seasons)
Assistant coaches: Ashley Patton, Melissa Cochrane.
Managers: Kaitlyn Moody, Nicole Hughes, Andrew Dawson.
BLOOMFIELD LADY CARDINALS
DATE OPPONENT/SITE TIME
Nov. 8 Shoals 6 p.m.
Nov. 13 Edgewood 6 p.m.
Nov. 17 at North Knox 6 p.m.
Nov. 20 Shakamak 6 p.m.
Nov. 29 at Vincennes Rivet 6 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Union 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 6 at Eastern Greene 6 p.m.
Dec. 8 at Barr-Reeve 1 p.m.
Dec. 11 White River Valley 6 p.m.
Dec. 13 at Springs Valley 6 p.m.
Dec. 15 Sullivan 1 p.m.
Jan. 3 at North Central 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 at Loogootee 1 p.m.
Jan. 8 Washington 6 p.m.
Jan. 10 Clay City 6 p.m.
Jan. 17 Linton-Stockton 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 at Washington Catholic 6 p.m.
Jan. 22 North Daviess 6 p.m.
Jan. 28 at Owen Valley 6 p.m.
Jan. 31 Northview 6 p.m.