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New coach has high expectations

December 5, 2011
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

First-year coach Paul Keplinger has high expectations for the 2011-2012 season with Moorefield returning two key seniors from last year's 8-11 team.

The Lady Yellow Jackets lost in the second round of the sectional playoffs against Potomac Valley Conference foe East Hardy last season.

Keplinger takes over for Joseph Sherman, who stepped down after last season. It will be his second stint as the Lady Yellow Jackets' mentor as he coached Moorefield from 1996 to 2002.

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Members of the 2011-2012 Moorefield High School basketball are, front row from left, Katelyn Wills, Maebeth Fisher, Shayna Vetter; middle row, Taylor Zuber, Courtney Parker, Megan Crites; back row, Cheyenne Linder and Beth Cook.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back into coaching," Keplinger said. "I really missed it and when the job came open, I applied for it and got it. I'm glad to be back."

The Lady Yellow Jackets' two senior starters returning are Shanda Combs and Maebeth Fisher, who are both guards.

"These two are going to be our leaders this season," Keplinger said. "They've got good speed and they now what it takes to be out on the court."

Also returning with varsity experience will be junior guard/forward Katelyn Wills and junior Courtney Parker.

"Katelyn is a great hustler," Keplinger said. "Courtney is one of our top wing players so we are expecting good things from her this season."

Juniors Taylor Zuber and Shayna Vetter will both see time in the post area for the Lady Yellow Jackets.

"These girls will help us a lot underneath," Keplinger said. "We've have a lot to choose from down low in the post, which is good for our team."

Junior Meagan Crites is projected to be the team's point guard this season.

"Crites saw time at the junior varsity level and varsity level last season," Keplinger said. "She has great ball handling skills and can see the floor very well."

Sophomore Beth Cook and freshman Cheyenne Linder are both fighting for varsity playing time.

"It's been a good learning experience for the kids so far during the summer and through the first few days of practice," Keplinger said. "They're adjusting well so far to our new offense and that's what I've been looking for."

Moorefield's non-conference schedule includes Berkeley Springs, Petersburg, Strasburg, and Northern. The Lady Yellow Jackets will be playing in the Tip-off tournament in Petersburg. The other teams in the tourney are Petersburg, East Hardy and Pendleton County.

Moorefield will open the season with three consecutive home games starting on Nov. 29 when it entertains Berkeley Springs.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will then play host to Petersburg on Dec. 2 and Pendleton County on Dec 6.



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