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March 4, 2014

Young Giants continue growth

Though the win total for the 2013-14 Ben Davis girls’ basketball team stayed at 12, coach Joe Lentz ended his third season feeling good about the Westside program.

The Giants finished the season at 12-9. There were disappointing losses, like the team’s two blowouts against a Lawrence North squad that finished the year atop the state Class 4A poll. But there were also solid wins, especially on the road, and that is something Lentz will take away from the season.

“Beating Pike and beating Carmel at Carmel were nice wins,” Lentz said. “We were kind of up and down in our productivity. I was certainly pleased with our effort at the end of the year as we grew and learned what it takes to play at our level of competition.”

This year’s win total allowed Lentz to reach a personal milestone with his 300th career head coaching victory, that came against neighboring Avon.

With a roster that was filled with underclassmen, there was no doubt senior center Danielle Cuttino was the team leader.

Cuttino was an Indiana Junior All-Star last summer, and despite choosing a volleyball career at Purdue, she still averaged a double-double (12.1 points, 10.2 rebounds) and blocked almost three shots per game.

“I think Danielle Cuttino has a shot at making the Indiana All-Star team,” Lentz said. “I spent all four years coaching her, as the JV coach when she was a freshman and three years on varsity. That is a rarity to spend all four years coaching the same kid. She is a fine young lady, and she will do super at Purdue as a volleyball player and student.”

The team’s other senior, Adaleena Sibande, only spent one year with the Giants, but was the team’s best outside shooting threat. Sibande’s efforts on the floor may not have been as important as her efforts off the court.

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