Putnam County League Women’s Basketball Previews


November 19 — Columbus Grove

Division: IV

Coach: Brian Schroeder (ninth season)

General report 2020-21: 19-8

2020-21 league record: 5-3 (tied for third in NWC); 6-1 (tied for first place in the PCL)

2021 Playoff Final: Lost 65-35 to Crestview in Regional Final.

2020-21 University Letter Winners: Kenzie King (Sr.), Savanah Ridenour (Sr.), Koryn Halker (Sr.), Shay Schroeder (Sr.), Jaylen Sautter (Jr.), Sage Clement (Jr.) , Brynn Fortman (Jr.)

Others on the academic list: Emma Renner (Sr.), Lauryn Auchmuty (Fr.), Abby Stechschulte (Soph.)

Coach’s Analysis: We lost Erin Downing from last year’s squad. She was our best rebounder, second-best scorer and best defensive player. We will need to have multiple players to step up the attack and defense as well as to fill the leadership void left by it. Plus, this team will need to hang their hat on defense and constantly play with physique and tenacity to make up for their lack of size on the inside. As long as we continue to work hard and improve every week, we hope to compete in both leagues. Crestview and Delphos Jefferson won the NWC last year and will be the favorites to win the conference again this year. The PCL will be very competitive with many teams capable of winning the league.


Division: IV

Coach: KC Knowles (fourth season)

General report 2020-21: 7-15

2020-21 League Record: 2-5 (sixth)

2021 Playoff Final: Lost 53-30 to Kalida in the section final.

2020-21 University Letter Winners: Jensen Armey (Sr.), Bryn Tegenkamp (Jr.), Reese Knowles (Jr.), Liv Logan (Jr.)

Others who could start the season on the varsity roster: Marissa Becher (Jr.), Tori Searfoss (Soph.), Destiny Pier (Soph.), Corinne Sprague (Fr.)

Coach’s Analysis: The team will be young with little university experience. Will work to find some cohesion towards the middle of the season as new faces take on more roles. I hope to finish in the middle of the PCL and have the experience to win a tournament or two by the end of the season.

Fort Jennings

Division: IV

Coach: Sean O’Connor (first season)

General review 2020-21: 1-22

2020-21 League Record: 1-6 (seventh)

2021 playoff final: 52-26 loss to Holgate in section semifinals

2020-21 University Letter Winners: Rachel VonSossan (Jr.), Carley VonSossan (Jr.), Abigail Browning (Soph.), Lydia Dickman (Soph.), Hanna Grote (Soph.), Aubrey Jacomet (Sr.) , Regan Ricker (Jr.)

Others on the academic list: Kaylee Gilchriest (Sr.), Maggie Pothast (Fr.), Abby Koester (Sr.), Autumn Calvelage (Fr.), Piper Osenga (Fr.), Christina Hubert (Jr.), Morgan Siefker (Fr.), Madison Ricker (Soph.)

Coach’s Analysis: In my first year as a varsity coach for the Fort Jennings Lady Musketeers, we are delighted to start the season. Although we are a young team, we are experienced and ready. We will do an extended movement attack when we have the ball. We’re going to focus on a man-to-man principled defense. We are going to work hard to have a successful and growing season.


Division: IV

Coach: Adam Huber (12th season)

General report 2020-21: 17-7

2020-21 League Record: 6-1 (tied for first)

2021 Playoff Final: Lost 48-34 to Columbus Grove in the District Final.

2020-21 University Letter Winners: Brooke Vennekotter (Sr.), Brooke Erhart (Jr.), Camille Hovest (Jr.), Livia Recker (Jr.)

Others on the academic list: Amanda Unverferth (Sr.), Whitney Unverferth (Soph.), Andrea Burgei (Soph.), Camryn Recker (Soph.), Kassidy Hipsher (Soph.), Meredith Bockrath (Fr.), Ady Miller (Fr.), Allie Kuhlman (Fr.), Avrie Unverferth (Fr.), Madison Unverferth (Fr.), Olivia Meyer (Fr.)

Coach’s Analysis: Once again, a new year brings new excitement and new expectations for us. While we will miss the players we lost, we are excited about the mix of talented experience and young people we have to work with this season. Our schedule forces some of these inexperienced players to grow up quickly, but we know that as the season progresses, if we are committed to excellence and compete every day, by the end of the year , we will play the best basketball. We are returning four winning letters from last year, but in reality only three of them had significant academic action. What I like about this group overall is that we have 16 players in total who are all invested in the squad and working to improve every day. There is talent on our list, but many of them are young and have not proven themselves at the college level. We also think we could actually be a better shooting team than we were overall last year. We have graduated a large group of seniors who have averaged over 17 victories per year during their careers. It’s a big waste of not only production, but also leadership and experience that you just can’t duplicate unless you’ve been in this situation. We set the school’s all-time record for points per game allowed last year, but with this graduating class we’ve lost our bowling on this side of the ball so it will take some time to set up. our defensive system for young players. We’ll also have to do a good job of rebounding the team overall.


Division: IV

Coach: Gary Kreinbrink (36th season)

General report 2020-21: 13-11

League Record 2020-21: First season in NWC; 3-4 (fifth in PCL)

2021 Playoff Final: Lost 60-45 to Miller City in the section final.

2020-21 University Letter Winners: Josie Hermiller (Sr.), Ally Kirkendal (Sr.), Whitney Langhals (Jr.), Kyrsten Martinez (Jr.), Marisa Hermiller (Jr.), Abby Haselman (Jr.) , Ava Henry (So.), Leah Kirkendall (Soph.)

Others on the academic list: Sydney Schroeder (Jr.), Jazelle Perez (Fr.)

Coach’s Analysis: We are starting very late due to the progression of the volleyball team to the regional and the season starting a week earlier this year. But, we have a bunch of veterans coming back with eight winning letters, so we should be able to get things done pretty quickly since we opened on November 19. We are also starting in a new league, the Northwest Conference, which will be a change and challenge for us since we left the Blanchard Valley Conference. We are looking to improve on our 13 wins in 2020-21, but as always the schedule is very demanding. The goal is to be better every day and to be disciplined on the court. We will be a hard working group and try to compete in both races of the league.

Miller City

Division: IV

Coach: Ross Heuerman (sixth season)

Global record 2020-21: 15-9

2020-21 League Record: 4-3 (fourth)

2021 Playoff Final: Lost 39-32 to Columbus Grove in District Semifinals.

2020-21 University Letter Winners: Abi Lammers (Sr.), Grace Pfau (Jr.), Tori Wenzinger (Jr.), Kiana Gable (Jr.), Liz Otto (Jr.), Carley Hermiller (Jr.)

Others on the academic list: Nicolette Inkrott (Jr.), Ava Ruck (Soph.), Isabel Reyna (Soph.), Hailey Warnimont (Fr.), Stephanie Berger (Jr.), Maddie Erford (Soph.)

Coach’s Analysis: This season we will have to substitute some points, but we have a very competitive and disciplined group of girls who are ready to do things by committee. We believe that if we can constantly put pressure on the opposing attacks and make them uncomfortable, we will be able to compete at a very high level.


Division: IV

Coach: Michelle Leach (third season)

Global record 2020-21: 17-9

2020-21 League Record: 6-1 (tied for first)

2021 Playoff Final: 51-35 loss to Crestview in District Final.

2020-21 University Letter Winners: Shayla German (Sr.), Elise Kramer (Jr.), Skylar Turnwald (Jr.), Becca Turnwald (Jr.), Isabelle Furley (Soph.)

Promising newcomers: Dani Swint (Jr.), Eryn Kemper (Jr.), Jessa Burgei (Soph.), Carly Thorbahn (Fr.), Erica Thorbahn (Fr.)

Coach’s Analysis: We are focusing our defensive efforts in the hopes of creating a lot of scoring opportunities at the start of the year. We have graduated eight seniors. Many of these seniors had a significant playing time last season. We are thrilled with the opportunity for our players to showcase their leadership as we acclimatize our newcomers to the speed and intensity of college basketball. Our goal is to take care of basketball, thus limiting our turnovers in every game. We have a talented group of hard-working student-athletes who are motivated to compete at a high level every time we step onto the pitch together, as well as into the classroom day in and day out. We have a lot of potential and are looking to improve in all aspects thanks to our very competitive schedule. Our team discussed the importance of being proud of a “new mindset”. The game of basketball is fast and continuous. Our “new mindset” will allow us to continue playing with positive communication, effort, courage and a next-game mindset.


Division: IV

Coach: Ryan Murray (first season)

Overall review 2020-21: 2-21

2020-21 league record: 0-7 (eighth in PCL); 0-10 (11th at BVC)

2021 Playoff Final: Lost 61-22 to McComb in the section semifinals.

2020-21 University Letter Winners: Lacie Fenstermaker (Sr.), Tori Duling (Sr.), Hailey Dysert (Sr.), Taelor Miller (Sr.)

Others on the academic list: Peyton Diller (Fr.), Maddie Rutshilling (Fr.), Aliyah Wise (Jr.), Lauren Teders (Fr.), Paige Fenstermaker (Fr.)

Coach’s Analysis: We will look to compete every time we step onto the pitch.

Information provided by coaches and obtained from OHSAA websites and conferences. Contact the Lima News sports department at 567-242-0468.


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