Mt. Abram girls’ basketball coach Larry Donald is confident in his seven-man rotation, but there are two issues that could disrupt this contingent’s success — injuries and foul trouble.

That is always a concern for Donald.

“I am going to roughly play a seven-man rotation, but if we can stay out of foul trouble and stay healthy, we have a fighting chance,” Donald, who is back at it for the fifth year, said. “I can rotate them in and out and still stay the same (strength). We are fairly strong through that seven, but if that somebody is in foul trouble … we will be OK.”

That group includes senior Ashlyn Sorel, Summer Ross, junior Allison Pinkham and sophomores Cameron Wahl, Maddy Phelps and Kaylee Knight.

“Cam Wahl is a pretty ball handler and by far my best defender,” Donald said.

A group of freshmen — Emily Marden, Brynna Celie, Hailey Bate and June Clark — will also see some time on the floor.

Last season, the Roadrunners went 10-8, made the playoffs and lost to Boothbay in the quarterfinals.

This season, Donald and his Roadrunners will also focus shoring up the point guard position and scoring.

“We really didn’t have a lot people to play a true point guard,” Donald said. “It is going to be point guard by committee. Between Kaylee Knight and Summer Ross, we should get the ball up.”

The Roadrunners are bringing their scoring up to speed as well as adjusting to new positions this season.

“Some of the girls are still working on their game,” Donald said. “A lot of the girls played guard position in middle school and now they are taller and transitioning into post players.”

Donald said defending champions Monmouth Academy will also be the top team to beat again. But he added that the rest of the slots are up grabs.

“I think we will be solid if we can stay healthy,” he said. “We are going to fight for everything we can get.

“There is not going to be any give-mes. If we come to play, we can give a lot of teams a go.”


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