Basketball: Patriots hoping growth leads to more wins

PEMBINE, Wis. — Goodman-Pembine expects better results in the 2018 girls basketball season.

The Patriots posted just one Northern Lakes Conference win last year.

“We’re looking forward to a strong season,” said head coach Stefanie Goyak, assisted by Dave Sponholz. “Last year’s record was lean but there was so much growth.

“We are starting where we closed the year and able to build faster in the pre-season because of it.”

The Patriots begin the season Friday at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette. Home opener is Monday with Niagara visiting Pembine.

All-Northern Lakes honorable mention junior guard Katelyn Morrison is among three starters and eight players back from last season.

“The conference is full of some great competition with the top teams usually being Crandon, Three Lakes, Elcho and Laona/Wabeno,” Goyak said. “White Lake will not be fielding a team for the second year in a row. We will be seeing some non-conference teams as usual with the filling in of some new schools to keep the schedule full.”

Heather Geib, Madison McLain, Kirstyn Gardner, Rachel Braaten, Harlee Davis, Mackenzie Stepien and Kayley White also played on the varsity last season.

As for the team, Goyak sees “excitement and commitment to the season and each other as players.”

“We have some new players on the varsity who played a bit with us last year from the junior varsity squad but will be with the varsity team exclusively this year,” Goyak said. “There is also a freshman (Katelyn Nelson) on the squad this year who has some super potential.”

This year’s roster:

SENIORS — Heather Geib, forward; Madison McLain, guard; Kirstyn Gardner, guard; Rachel Braaten, forward; Harlee Davis, guard; Kayley White, guard

JUNIORS — Katelyn Morrison, guard

SOPHOMORES — Mackenzie Stepien, guard; Cloey Schiefelbein, guard; Mason McLain, sophomore

FRESHMAN — Katelyn Nelson, forward