Lehighton Coach Tony Thomas can't wait for the season to start.
Despite losing one player to graduation and having two starters from a year ago Emily Day and Vanessa Rimbey not go out for the team because they are pursuing other passions, Thomas is looking to expand on last season's success.
A year ago, the Lady Indians (13-11) reached the postseason for the first time in 11 years, but bowed out of the playoffs quickly.
"We want to build on last year and obviously improve on it," Thomas said. "We had a great start to last year, but lost in the semifinals of the Mountain Valley Conference Tournament and the first round of Districts."
Leading Lehighton this year is playmaker Jordyn Homyak. The junior topped the Indians in scoring last season and looks to improve her play as she starts the second half of her high school career. Besides scoring, she will be the on court leader of the team.
"She holds her composure really well and she keeps everyone else under control," Thomas said.
Sheena White returns for her senior season. As the teams leading rebounder last season, Thomas will be looking for her to score more this year. White's play down low will be pivotal for the success of the Indians.
"I think Sheena is going to be a big key this year with her senior leadership," Thomas said. "She's done things to not only make herself better but her team better."
Homyak and White prove to be a formidable inside-outside combination to attack defenses.
"I expect Jordyn to be doubleteamed a lot this year," Thomas said. "If I can get Jordyn working and we spread the floor out a bit it will give Sheena some room inside to score points."
Another key is how fast the rest of the team molds into their roles. Despite losing talent, Th