Spring Valley Girls Basketball Preview
By Reagan Hoverman
Last season the Spring Valley girls basketball team had its fair share of struggles, finishing in last place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference standings. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, injuries, and cancellations, it was a tough year for many teams.
The Spring Valley roster and head coach Sean Hoolihan are trying to turn the program around this season. Hoolihan spoke about the 2021-22 season and roster in this week’s program preview.
“We have six seniors playing this year, as well as three juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen,” Hoolihan said. “Our varsity looks to improve from last year and be more competitive. We have a great group of young ladies that handle themselves on and off the court with class and integrity. We continue to improve on our skills and toughness and we can make that jump in the win column.”
Hoolihan also spoke about how the team handled a tough situation last year with COVID-19 and also a bit about his coaching staff.
“Our team did a great job of handling the COVID situation last year,” Hoolihan said. “It was a tough year for everyone, but at least we got the chance to compete and play. Mark Thomas is our assistant coach. The depth of knowledge and experience he brings is second to none. He builds great relationships with the kids and pushes them to reach their best.”
He also spoke about a group of players, as well as some individuals specifically, that will be critical in the team having success this season.
“We will need our seniors to step up and lead this team on the defensive end this year,” Hoolihan said. “Our toughness has got to improve on the defensive end. Our top scorers from last year are Mara Ducklow and Charli Vanasse, who are both sophomores. Our only returning junior is Lydia Hannack. Lydia (Hannack) can be a great defensive stopper this year and we look for her to bring her athleticism and playmaking abilities to our team this year.”
Last season, the young, inexperienced Spring Valley team only won one game the entire season. They have already significantly improved, as they’ve started the 2021-22 season 2-2 with wins against Alma/Pepin and Thorp. The next game on the schedule for Spring Valley is on Friday, Dec. 10, on the road against Elmwood/Plum City.