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PC girls try to make up from losses after championsip season

Sarah Gilles is a returning letter winner for the Plum City girls basketball team.

PLUM CITY - The Plum City High School girls’ basketball team didn’t lose a lot of seniors from last year’s regional championship ballclub.

But what they did lose was their leading scorers and rebounders along with team leadership provided by the graduated Marah Boyer, Heather Von Holtum and Shelby Kannel. Both Boyer and Van Holtum were All Dunn-St. Croix Conference players and helped to spearhead a remarkable turnaround which saw a 1-7 start turned into a 13-12 winning season and championship plaque to go with it.

PCHS also lost its head coach, John Pollock, who is now at Chippewa Falls. New head coach Alex Gilles knows that to keep the Blue Devils’ upcoming season – which begins Tuesday at home vs. Glenwood City -  from being typical rebuilding one, the returning players need make-up for what was lost.

“We need leadership and scoring and rebounding and we’ll have to get all this with a short bench,” Gilles said. “We do not have a lot of depth.”

But PC doesn’t lack for talent as they return letter winners likes seniors Sarah Gilles and Elaina Danzinger, juniors Taylor Chilson, Jillian Holt and Rhiannon Kernstock and sophomore Cheyanne Catura. Chilson and Danzinger will be slated for the inside with Gilles a wing player with a quick first step to the basket with Holt, Catura and Kernstock in the backcourt.

“We do have good balance on offense and good ball handlers and our scorers will have opportunities to do so,” Gilles said. “Plus I feel we should be sound on defense as well. But we’ll have to play hard and do a lot hustling to make those hopes into realities for this season.”

Gilles said the team must put its emphasis on limiting turnovers on offense and creating them on defense with an aggressive style.

Some younger players in the program who see some playing time on varsity are junior Jazmin Kannel, sophomores Rachel Redding and Mikyala Freund and freshman Josalin Helmueller, who is the tallest player on the team at 6-0.

“The younger players need to be ready to step up and contribute in all aspects of the game,” Gilles said.