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Heuvelton Girls Look To Fulfill Outstanding Potential

BY DAVE SHEA

HEUVELTON - The current NAC Basketball season is one of limited expectations because of limitations created by the COVID-19 pandemic. But with players back on the court, the possibilities for development remain intact.

Heuvelton Central Coach Rob Powers will guide his Bulldogs into a a new season with games at Edwards-Knox on Friday and at home on Saturday looking for his team to fulfill a great deal of potential.

Junior Bella Doyle gives the Bulldogs a returning All-NAC West selection with the desire to

elevate her game become one the elite players in the section and senior forward Molly Williams is a four-year varsity player looking consistently sustain the flashes of explosive excellence she has shown throughout her career.

"Bella Doyle is a three position player who works constantly to get better. She played AAU basketball throughout the spring and summer with the Royals and Molly Williams has all the tools and is looking to put it all together in the final year of her career. She is our last connection to our three state championships, she came up from JVs and was part of the third title" said Coach Powers.

"Together they can give us outstanding leadership and we have several talented players to go with them and some really solid seniors. Trista Ashley is coming off a good junior year at guard and forwards Lara Martin, Amber Cunningham, DaKota West and Emma LaFaver always do the right thing and are great team players."

Junior DaKota Mouthorp showed the ability to slash to basket last season and is looking to improve her finishing and sophomore Ali Trathen is an intense multi-skilled sophomore guard who came up from the JVs last season and helped the NAC West runner-up Bulldogs reach the Section 10 Class D Championship game.

Also moving up from last season's JV team are sophomore forward Lilly Spooner and freshmen Rylin McAllister and Katie Cunningham.

Coach Powers sees great potential throughout his HCS cast.

"DaKota Mouthorp gets the basket very well as a guard, Ali Trathen is skilled and strong, Lilly Spooner has the ability to help us and Rylin McAllister and Katie Cunningham are outstanding freshman prospects," he says.

"Rylin is a knockdown shooter who has grown to become the second tallest played on the team and Katie can do it all. She can shoot and she is very quick and tough. She also played in the Royals' AAU program. We have a good group of players who really work hard and they are really happy to back playing. Our goals are to get better and get all of our games in."




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