COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Lady Rebels welcome back three starters (Emily Downey, Reagan Edwards, Luvrain Gaskins) from last year’s 11-win team.

“We’re extremely excited about the upcoming season,” coach Aaron Blatch indicates. “We expect our team captains (Downey, Edwards, Gaskins) to take their games to a new level. We feel that those growing pains last year has prepared us to take a big step forward this season.”

As a freshman, Gaskins averaged a double-double (13.7 ppg, 12.8) while blocking a school record 99 shots. The backcourt duo of Downey (5.6 ppg, 1.7 apg) and Edwards (3.4 ppg, 2.3 apg) should benefit the team as both are strong defenders.

The junior varsity team went 17-3 last winter. Look for sophomores Lexi Blower, Kiersten Burton, Alexa DiCross and Myer Miller to compete for time on the varsity roster as well as a pair of talented freshmen in Addison Rhodes and Ava Bucey.

“We should have many players competing [for spots],” says Blatch. “That should bring out the best in everyone. We’ve made some big improvements defensively. We’ll need to continue that growth throughout the season. We have a tight-knit group who care for each other and love the game.”

Crestview is set to open the 2022-23 season with a matchup with Beaver Local on November 21.

Crestview Rebels
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Aaron Blatch
2021-22 Record: 11-12 (6-8), 5th place in MVAC Grey
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Pymatuning Valley, 51-47, in Sectional Semifinal

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 40.6
Scoring Defense: 42.3

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Luvrain Gaskins – 13.7
Rebounding: Luvrain Gaskins – 12.8
Assists: Emily Hill – 2.4
Steals: Emily Hill – 2.6
Free Throw Percentage: Emily Downey – 72%
Three-Point Percentage: Katie Lissi – 26.1%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 21 – Beaver Local
Nov. 28 – Springfield
Dec. 1 – at Lowellville
Dec. 5 – Girard
Dec. 8 – Liberty
Dec. 12 – at Champion
Dec. 15 – Brookfield
Dec. 17 – at Minerva
Dec. 19 – at Newton Falls
Dec. 21 – at United
Dec. 28 – at East Liverpool
Jan. 2 – Campbell Memorial
Jan. 5 – Garfield
Jan. 9 – at LaBrae
Jan. 12 – at Liberty
Jan. 16 – Hubbard
Jan. 19 – Champion
Jan. 23 – at Brookfield
Jan. 26 – Newton Falls
Jan. 30 – at Campbell Memorial
Feb. 2 – at Garfield
Feb. 6 – LaBrae