Two returners from last season are seniors Dani Waldeck (3.9 points per game) and Cary Brown who both came off the bench in 2011.
“Those two seniors are going to have different roles where they are going to be on the floor more, have more expectations and their playing time is going to increase,” Acton said.
Senior Kari Sellers is also expected to have an increased role this season after experiencing an injury before the 2011 season.
With a lot of new players on the Bruins, Acton said it’s hard to pinpoint strengths but a JV record of 18-1 in 2011 and varsity record of 52-15 in the last three years bodes well for the player’s mindsets.
“If anything else, we are used to winning. It’s that culture of winning,” Acton said. “Those kids whether they played JV or varsity they have been groomed in a culture where they expect to win.”
Coming off a tough 3-18 season, the Danville Warriors are prepared for their young, experienced players to continue to grow.
Sophomores Morgan Bear and Allie Lake provide a youthful duo that gained major experience last season.
The 6-foot-2 Bear averaged 8.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 48 percent from the field in 2011. In order for Danville to turn the corner, Bear will need to be the anchor for the Warriors.
“Morgan has an advantage in size that very few players have. So, she will need to own the inside by being aggressively smart and staying away from needless fouls,” Danville coach Terry Hammons said. “There's a significant difference between a good foul and a poor one.”
Hammons is also counting on Lake (7 points and 1.71 steals per game in 2011) this season after gaining some key playing time last year.
“Allie now has a better idea of what to expect at the high school level,” Hammons said. “She was in a tough role as a freshman last year being our primary ball handler. Now, she must use that experience to control the tempo, distribute the ball to the proper area, knock down the shot when the opportunity presents itself, and be a vocal leader on the court.”