Benge said the Quakers averaged nearly 58 points per game last season, but graduated all but 10.5 points of that production.
“I don’t think we have anyone coming back that averaged over three points per game,” he said. “It will be interesting, but I do think we have kids that are good shooters.”
Seniors Mackenzie Jeffries, Deann Cowell, Betsy Gillenwater and Katie Robertson should lead the Quakers. Robertson, a transfer from Tri-West that sat out last season, may sign with Division II Tiffin University in Ohio according to Benge.
“Robertson will make a big difference for us,” Benge said.
Sophia Wilson was a back-up guard last season who Benge said he “hopes she can step in for us” along with Mackenzie Reeder.
“Those six, right out of the box, are the nucleus of our returning players,” Benge said.
Plainfield also has a big contingent of underclassmen looking for playing time that include junior Heidi Clossin, freshman Kendall Spears, and Ben Davis transfer Maddie O’Day.
“It’s hard to pick somebody that is going to have a break out year because you may neglect someone else,” Benge said.
One thing Benge pointed to as a strength of this Quakers team is their accurate long-range shooting.
“We have better perimeter shooting than we’ve had across the board,” he said. “I have five or six kids I would trust to go out and shoot the three. The problem is can we develop some of the other stuff to go along with it.”
Plainfield’s season may be a work in progress throughout the year, but like Benge alluded to, as long as they are playing good basketball at the end of the season, anything can happen.
“Our goal is always to make our last game of the year our best game,” Benge said. “We just want to keep getting better and keep getting better.