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March 4, 2014

Young Giants continue growth

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“Adaleena was a big contributor,” Lentz said. “She has done so well in her growth since entering Ben Davis, turning her life around. We’re thrilled with the transition she’s made.”

Without Cuttino and Sibande, the cupboard is far from bare next seson. One thing is certain, starting berths for next year are not reserved for returnees.

Sophomores Ae’Rianna Harris, Savannah Davis, Shelle Daniels and Taylor McDaniel, and junior Kenisha Jones, will have to step into bigger roles for the 2014-15 Giants to succeed.

Harris, the top returning scorer, will be expected to show her skill development next year, especially given the early verbal commitment she gave this year to Purdue.

Daniels and Davis will be lead candidates to work next to Harris in the front court, while starting guards Jones and McDaniel can use the offseason to work on offensive skills that are a little behind their current defensive abilities.

“We began to show a lot of maturity that I hope will carry into next year,” Lentz said. “I think we laid the groundwork for that. We had a lot of sophomores play a lot of minutes, but that could be a bright spot for the future.”

Lentz will not hesitate on where the returning girls need to focus.

“We need to work harder on our intensity levels in practice so we can get better for games,” Lentz said. “We’ll work on outside shooting. I’m convinced that if we’d just one consistent outside shooter that we would be still playing (this year). The door is going to be open for whoever works the hardest and gets the job done.”

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