Veteran girls' basketball team set for action

In his 18th year as Mahomet-Seymour girls' basketball head coach, Nathan Seal will have to utilize his team's quickness and depth to improve on last season's 14-14 overall record.

The Bulldogs have five seniors: Kameryn Brotherton, Cassidi Collins, Jessica Franklin, Erin Lenschow and Kailyn Stone.

The junior class features Amanda Franklin, Ainsley Jessup, Abby Kyle, Keida Nichols, Kailyn Northrup, Abbie Velazquez and Maddy Wade.

Sophomore Alexa Franklin is also on varsity.

"We have a lot of scorers on our team," Seal said, "so I don't think our opponents can focus onany one player too much this season."

In practice, the team has been "focused on playing quick but not out of control, rebounding, and pressure defense," he said.

"What we lack in size we feel that we make up for in speed, so we will try to push the tempo and use a lot of pressure on the defensive end."

Seal hopes the team's depth will help during games and practice.

For games, he will be able to substitute players and keep them fresh.

In workouts, the depth has created a "very competitive practice atmosphere."

"Our lack of size is a weakness," Seal said. "We will have to play very good team defense and have great technique and effort when we rebound."

The Bulldogs had an 8-4 record in the Corn Belt Conference last season, but will start fresh in the Apollo Conference this year.

"We will scout and prepare specifically for Apollo games," Seal said.

The team has been focused on preparing for its season-opening tournament this week at Prairie Central.

The Bulldogs kicked off their season by defeating host Prairie Central 51-13 in the first game on Monday.

M-S jumped out to a 20-1 lead and did not look back.

The Bulldogs' defense held the Hawks to one point in the second quarter for a 38-7 halftime lead.

Three Bulldogs scored in double digits, including Amanda Franklin, who scored her 1,000th career point against the Hawks. She is a transfer from Arthur Okaw Christian.

Lenschow totaled a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.

Amanda Franklin registered 10 points and a team-high five steals.

Alexa Franklin also scored 10 points, and Northrup collected seven points and eight rebounds.

Nichols had a team-high six assists, as well as four points. Collins scored four points and had four steals.

Abby Kyle added two points, six rebounds and two steals. Jessica Franklin contributed four rebounds, four steals and two points.

On Tuesday, Seal's squad improved to 2-0 with a 54-7 triumph over Prairie Central's junior varsity.

After the tournament, the Bulldogs start off with two Apollo Conference road games before hosting their first home game against Mattoon on Dec. 7.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to enter the State Farm Holiday Classic, starting on Dec. 27 at different Bloomington-Normal locations.

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