Tinora may be class of Green Meadows Conference

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Tinora Girls Basketball

Defiance Tinora head coach Rich Thiel says the Green Meadows
Conference will be as good from top to bottom as it has been in a long
time. What he didn’t mention was the Rams may be the GMC’s top team. In addition to Hicksville, Wayne Trace and Holgate, expect Tinora to challenge for the conference crown.


Defiance Tinora head coach Rich Thiel says the Green Meadows Conference will be as good from top to bottom as it has been in a long time. What he didn’t mention was the Rams may be the GMC’s top team.

In addition to Hicksville, Wayne Trace and Holgate, expect Tinora to challenge for the conference crown.

“We have a good blend of experience and talented youth returning from last season,” Thiel said. “We have a very experienced group of senior leaders who should keep us focused on the task at hand each night out. We return a lot of our scoring from last year and have some of our better defenders back as well.”

Last season Tinora went 16-6 overall and 6-1 in the GMC. The Rams advanced to the Division III district semifinals and lost to eventual state runner-up Delphos St. John’s 46-36.

Tinora returns its top three scorers from that team in senior starters Chelsie Timmons (6-1, P), Rachel Daman (5-9, G) and Elisha Roberts (5-6, G). Senior post Sarah Strausbaugh is also back.

Timmons, a two-year letterwinner, averaged 7.5 points and 7.9 rebounds last season en route to first team GMC and second team all-district honors. Daman was named first team all-district and second team GMC after averaging 10.5 points and 3 rebounds.

Roberts, who was honorable mention all-district and second team GMC, averaged 8.7 points and 2.5 rebounds. Daman and Roberts and three-year letterwinners.

In addition to those four, Tinora will employ the services of four juniors, five sophomores and a freshman on varsity.

“We need some of our younger players to step up right out of the gate and contribute,” Thiel said. “With only four girls returning with significant varsity experience, it will be key for the other young ladies to fill the void left by graduating six seniors who played a ton of basketball for the green and white. We have to mesh quickly with one another because prior to this summer, most of the girls had hardly ever played with our upperclassmen.

“We have a lot of good, talented people at all positions and hope to use that depth to our advantage.”

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