EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – With two starters returning (Peyton Roberts and Kylie Narry), Beaver Local’s girls basketball team appears to be in good hands after last year’s improvement from a 2-win team to an 8-win group.

Roberts, a junior, is coming off of a campaign that saw her average 10.5 points and 8.6 rebounds while connecting on 77% of her free throws (70-91). Narry returns for her senior season after scoring 3.5 points and hauling down 4.2 boards per contest.

After a 6-6 start to the 2021-22 season, the Beavers lost eight of their final ten games including their playoff matchup with Philo (51-14).

“Peyton and Kylie will push their teammates to perform at a higher-level by leading by example,” states coach Tony Sorge. “Both of those players have put in a lot of time this off-season. They work very hard. Their knowledge of the game and work ethic will result in their success on the court.”

Cami Starkey (2.2 rpg), a two-year letter winner, was expected to contribute this year before suffering an injury this fall in volleyball.

Faith Talbott, Alyssa Lane, Addi Eells, Kamryn Young, Taylor Fitzsimmons, Tori Druschel and Calli Sorge should all contribute this season.

“We expect to continue to improve,” says Sorge. “The key for us will be this groups ability to play together as a team. Our deep bench will also be a plus, as our we have several players we expect to get valuable time in the rotation. We feel we can be more competitive in our Buckeye 8 and OVAC conferences.”

Beaver Local Beavers
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Tony Sorge
2021-22 Record: 8-14
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Philo in the Section Semifinals

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 40.9
Scoring Defense: 46.8
Free Throw Percentage: 62.0%
Three-Point Percentage: 24.3%

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Jordan Palmer, 10.6
Rebounding: Peyton Roberts, 8.6
Assists: Jordan Palmer, 1.8
Steals: Jordan Palmer, 3.6
Free Throw Percentage: Peyton Roberts, 76.9%
Three-Point Percentage: Halle Jordan, 29.9%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 21 – at Crestview
Nov. 28 – at East Liverpool
Dec. 3 – Girard
Dec. 5 – Indian Creek
Dec. 8 – at Harrison Central
Dec. 12 – Edison
Dec. 15 – East
Dec. 19 – at Steubenville
Dec. 22 – Oak Glen
Dec. 29 – East Liverpool
Jan. 5 – at Indian Creek
Jan. 7 – at Lisbon
Jan. 9 – Harrison Central
Jan. 12 – at Edison
Jan. 14 – at Columbiana
Jan. 19 – Carrollton
Jan. 21 – Buckeye 8 (at South)
Jan. 23 – at Oak Glen
Jan. 31 – OVAC Semifinal
Feb. 4 – OVAC Championship
Feb. 6 – Minerva
Feb. 9 – at United