2015-16 Poland Girls’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Poland Girls’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Nick Blanch, 7th season at Poland (75-62)
Record: 15-8 (9-3), T-2nd in AAC White Division

Season in Review
Poland began 2014-15 with a 10-1 record; however, struggled down the stretch to close out the season with a 5-7 mark over their last twelve games. The Lady Bulldogs were bounced from the post-season in the Austintown Sectional Final by Field (47-35).

Freshman Bella Gajdos had 14 games where she scored double-digits, eight which saw #23 bring down at least 4 rebounds and six outings where she dished out 4 assists or more. The team featured five players who scored 7 points or more and at least 3 rebounds per game.

Key Losses
Theodora Constantine (9.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Kaylin Donnadio (7.0 ppg)
Libby Rubesa (7.7 ppg, 2.2 apg)

2014-15 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 56.0
Scoring Defense: 50.3
Rebounding: 28.3
Field Goal Percentage: 37.2%
Three Point Percentage: 28.8%
Free Throw Percentage: 65.0%
Turnovers: 14.4

Key Returnees
Coach Nick Blanch points out some of his team’s strengths, “(There’s) a commitment to each other as teammates and friends. They have a strong desire to get better every day.”

Bella Gajdos led the team in scoring (11.5) and assists (2.7) as a freshman last winter. She’s joined by Emily Melnek (8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg) – who scored in double figures 10 times which included her lone double-double (15 pts, 10 rebounds) against Jefferson last February – and Jillian Penman (4.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg).

Joelle Abi Habib (5’6/Jr)
Emily Cammack (5’3/Jr)
Emily Melnek (5’7/Jr)
Jillian Penman (5’7/Jr)
Juliana Blangero (5’9/So)
Lexi Demain (5’8/So)
Bella Gajdos (5’3/So)
Laiken Maurer (5’6/So)
Alea Nicholudis (5’4/So)
Maggie Sebest (5’10/So)
Sarah Bury (5’6/Fr)

2015-16 Schedule
Nov. 23 – Niles, 7
Dec. 2 – at Edgewood, 7
Dec. 5 – at Hubbard, 2
Dec. 10 – at Boardman, 7
Dec. 12 – Springfield, 12
Dec. 14 – at Jefferson, 7
Dec. 16 – Lakeview, 7
Dec. 19 – Howland, 1:30
Dec. 21 – Beaver Local, 7
Dec. 28 – at Struthers, 7
Jan. 6 – at Liberty, 7
Jan. 9 – at Niles, 2:30
Jan. 13 – Struthers, 7
Jan. 16 – Edgewood, 1:30
Jan. 20 – Hubbard, 7
Jan. 23 – at Girard, 1
Jan. 27 – Jefferson, 7
Jan. 30 – at Lakeview, 2:30
Feb. 3 – Canfield, 7
Feb. 6 – Champion, 1:30
Feb. 8 – at Campbell, 7
Feb. 10 – Salem, 7

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 2 (1998, 2000)
…Over the last 9 years, the Lady Bulldogs have posted a total of 5 playoff wins. The last time the program went three straight years without registering a victory was in 2007 to 2009.

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