Adena is led by a pair of All-SVC returnees in Ashley Jordan and Kristin Snyder. Jordan was a first-team selection a year ago and the southpaw junior is a great athlete that can do a lot of things on both ends of the floor. Snyder, a senior, is a pure-shooting forward with tremendous knowledge of the game. Both Jordan and Snyder are capable of making the players around them better and this year’s team has plenty of weapons.
That supporting cast starts with a solid post presence from Carly Frazier, Kirsti Yates, and Kelsey Bielanow. Coach Snyder also will enjoy a nice depth of perimeter defenders and solid decision-making from Brittany and Brooke Snyder, as well as, Megan Davidson and Megan Purdin.
The difference-maker for the Lady Warriors could very well be freshman Brytan Givens. Many basketball fans in the southeast area that have seen Givens play throughout junior high are very familiar with her ability to handle the ball and run an offense. It is definitely a big jump from an eighth-grade game to a varsity game; however, this diaper dandy’s high basketball-IQ and tremendous floor sense should make the transition easier than in most cases.
The Warriors graduated four seniors – including three all-league performers in Haley Halcomb, Tara Knauff, and Leah Hirsch – from last year’s championship team that posted an overall record of 18-5 while compiling the league best 13-1 mark inside the SVC. Adena, a D-IV team last year losing in the district championship to South Webster, returns to D-III this season joining most of its conference mates in the postseason tournament.
“We lost some really good athletes from last year’s team,” said Snyder. “We do have some key people back and were excited about some of our new people, but it is going to take a good effort from several players to replace what we lost.”
Bettering the fine overall record will not be an easy chore considering the Lady Warriors hookup with four Division II schools in Miami Trace, Washington Court House, Greenfield McClain, and Logan Elm. Adena will also play Trimble and Fairfield Leesburg to round out their twenty-game, regular season schedule.
“With the late start, we are still trying to just get comfortable,” said Coach Snyder of his team’s limited practice time with the entire roster due to the Adena volleyball’s annual trip to the regional tournament. “We are working hard to get in basketball shape and trying to get a lot of shots up. Last year our first couple of non-league games work kind of like scrimmages, but once we got going, we were able to have some success.”
The Scioto Valley Conference has historically been one of the better small school conferences in the state when it comes to girls’ basketball and this year should be no different. Although many will pick Adena to repeat, many coaches and fans will be quick to mention Unioto and Huntington as legitimate contenders as well.
“Like most years in the SVC, I think things will be pretty balanced throughout the league,” said Snyder who led Adena to the 1994 Division III State Championship. “I know there are going to be predictions based on what people return, but really there is no clear favorite.”