The Lady Purple Eagles lost a few important pieces to the puzzle, but are returning a few as well, armed with a year of varsity experience that should come in handy this season. The on-court product may look a little different than last year’s, but coach Lucian Price and the team are optimistic for the possibilities presented by the season ahead.
Price is excited for the return of a group of four key returning players in junior Mandi Covis, junior Justice Nauden, sophomore Kelsee Soule and freshman Chanyce Powell. It’s a relatively young squad that includes only two seniors in Jessica Green and Arianna Smith.
Price said a few departing seniors will be missed, notably Eboni Taylor and Sarah Papponetti, who the coach noted were solid players who brought energy and determination to the court.
The N-O league was won by Wilson last season, as the Lakewomen compiled an unblemished 14-0 record in league play. Newfane was second in the league at 10-4, just in front of the Lady Mustangs and Lady Purple Eagles.
Price said he has a lot of respect for the league, and looks forward to dueling it out for the league crown throughout the winter months.
“It’s a solid league,” Price said. “There are a lot of good teams, and a lot of good coaches. A lot of hard-working teams, and it should be a good year.”
This marks Price’s third season as the varsity coach, after two years as serving as the bench boss on the JV sideline, he said.
After a short non-league slate, Albion will open its quest for an N-O title on Dec. 13, in a road contest at Akron.
The non-league schedule begins Wednesday with a home game against Batavia, and Price is excited for the challeng that the early matchup will provide.
“Batavia is a very good team,” Price said. “It’s a good challenge to start the year.”