All 5 starters return for 1st-year coach Smalley at Lordstown


Aaron Smalley begins his first-year as head coach at Lordstown

Lordstown Red Devils High School Basketball

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Lordstown Red Devils
Coach: Aaron Smalley
2019-20 Record: 1-19 (1-12, NAC)
Returning Starters: Alexandra Drewek, Emily Knox, Ava Spano, Julia Durig, Jackie Wilk
…Lordstown returns all five of their starters from last year (Alexandra Drewek, Emily Knox, Ava Spano, Julia Durig and Jackie Wilk) plus senior Gracie Eastham. Drewek was a double-double machine a year ago as she finished by averaging 10 points and rebounds per game. Knox closed out her season with a stat line of 6 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Spano averaged 8 points and 5 caroms per game.

Looking for more success than last year’s 1-19 record (1-12 NAC play), “there are more girls out this year which allows us to field a junior varsity team,” says coach Smalley. “The importance of getting the younger players experience matters most. I feel if the starters play up to their abilities and work as a team, we can be very competitive in the NAC and potentially win half of our games and host a home tournament game. That’s the goal.”

Entering his first-year as the Lady Red Devils’ head coach, Smalley points out the keys to success as “will be learning how to win and to develop that never quit, hard-working mentality at practice that will translate to game situations. I’d like to draw on the experience of the five seniors who have played together for a long time and put them in the right positions to allow them the ability to succeed.”

2020-21 Schedule
Nov. 30 – at Bristol
Dec. 3 – Maplewood
Dec.5 – Jackson-Milton
Dec. 7 – at Pymatuning Valley
Dec. 10 – at Badger
Dec. 14 – at Southington
Dec. 17 – at Mathews
Dec. 19 – Liberty
Dec. 23 – Cardinal
Jan. 4 – Windham
Jan. 7 – Fairport Harding
Jan. 11 – Bristol
Jan. 14 – at Maplewood
Jan. 18 – at Sebring
Jan. 21 – Pymatuning Valley
Jan. 23 – at Heartland Christian
Jan. 25 – Badger
Jan. 28 – Southington
Jan. 30 – at Springfield
Feb. 1 – Mathews
Feb. 8 – at Windham
Feb. 13 – at Fairport Harding

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