Cambria-Friesland Girls Hoopsters Want To Play Fast

The Cambria-Friesland girls basketball team will have to push the tempo this season if they are going to work their way up the Trailways West Standings.   The Trailways West has a lot of size this season and with only one player standing 5’9 the Hilltoppers will have to relay on their speed to stay in games.

“We’re going to have to move it as fast as we can because we don’t have the size, so we will be pushing the ball as fast as we can to avoid too many set plays.”  Cambria-Friesland coach John Stettbacher told

Junior Haley Olson is C-F’s top returning scorer as she averaged 9 points per contest as a sophomore on her way to earning Honorable Mention All-Trailways West recognition.  Seniors Alexis Johnson (6ppg), Alyssa Raley (5ppg) and Emma Gove (2ppg) also return after seeing extended playing time last season.  Sophomore Lindsay Drews (2ppg) also saw time on the varsity last time along with junior Kennedy Smit (3ppg). Stettbacher says freshmen Ava Gove and Jenna Pulver also should see significant time on the floor this season.

“We have pretty good balance as far as scoring and defense.  We really swarmed to the ball well watching them play in the first game (vs. Parkview).” Stettbacher said.  “I thought we really played our zone defense really well and stopped the ball from getting inside and we will have to do that against the bigger girls in the conference.”

Cambria-Friesland’s school enrollment is just over 100 and only has 13 girls in the program this year so are only playing a varsity schedule.

The Hilltoppers are 1-0 on the season after knocking off Parkview 50-30 last Saturday. They open up Trailways West Conference play on Friday night at Randolph.


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