CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Lady Cardinals must replace five seniors from last year’s 16-win team. Coach Matt Reel indicates, “We have some experience returning but they’ll be in new roles this season. We expect to compete for a league and district championship as always. Our immediate goals are to grow closer and improve as a team each day.”

Abby Muckleroy (7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg) finished fifth in the state a year ago in three-point percentage by shooting 41.6% (47-113). She’ll return along with Kate Sahli (2.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg) – who coach Reel described as one of ‘our most well-rounded players’. Sahli takes over for Alyssa Dill. Look for newcomers Carlie Harmon, Emme Rubin, Camie Dill, Cami Hritz, Grace McQuiston, Macey Kalina and Marina Koenig to all have opportunities to contribute this season.

“We always rely on our seniors to lead us,” says Reel. “[This year] we’re looking for some underclass leaders to emerge. We believe you can choose your captains, but you cannot choose your leaders. They’re usually the players who have invested the most.”

A year ago, Canfield closed out the season with a 13-2 record when they held the opposition to 40-points or less. From an offensive standpoint, the Cardinals were 15-1 when scoring 45 points or more.
Coach Reel points out the challenge of developing chemistry with so many new faces in new roles. “We need several players who haven’t experienced the intensity of varsity basketball to quickly adapt and perform well. We also don’t have a player taller than six feet, so we’ll be undersized and need to focus on rebounding.”

The Lady Cards begin the 2022-23 season with a matchup with West Branch on Tuesday, November 22.

Canfield Cardinals
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Matt Reel
2021-22 Record: 16-7
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Sectional Final to Howland (55-38)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 49.6
Scoring Defense: 33.4

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Alysa Dill – 14.3
Rebounding: Alyssa Dill – 5.8
Assists: Summer Sammarone – 2.6
Steals: Alyssa Dill – 2.0
Free Throw Percentage: Deanna Mike – 84.6%
Three-Point Percentage: Abby Muckleroy – 41.6%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 22 – West Branch
Nov. 25 – at Marlington
Dec. 3 – at Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 5 – Liberty
Dec. 7 – Ursuline
Dec. 10 – Stow
Dec. 14 – at Fitch
Dec. 21 – Salem
Dec. 28 – Western Reserve
Dec. 30 – Poland
Jan. 4 – at Boardman
Jan. 7 – Harding
Jan. 11 – at Howland
Jan. 14 – at Chaney
Jan. 15 –vs. Eastlake North (at Berkshire)
Jan. 21 – Fitch
Jan. 28 – Boardman
Feb. 1 – at Harding
Feb. 4 – Howland
Feb. 6 – Louisville
Feb. 9 – at Poland