Struthers High School Girls’ Basketball Preview

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STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Beginning his 4th season as Struthers’ girls’ basketball coach Bill Neider will welcome back two starters in senior Ella Croyle and junior Chloe Neider. Croyle averaged 6.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a year ago. Neider, as a sophomore, led the team in assists (3.1) as well as being the Wildcats’ second leading scorer (10.4).

“We’ll be looking for our two all-league players and returning starters to lead the way (Croyle and Neider),” indicates coach Neider. “Maile Gonda, our only other senior, will also be leaned upon for leadership this season as well.” Gonda played in all 21 games last year, making 6 three-pointers and grabbing 1.4 caroms in limited action.

Struthers graduated 5 seniors including Emma Elia (17.6 ppg). Coach Neider says, “We’re returning 8 letter winners. Last year, our underclassman got a lot of meaningful minutes and got better and better as the year went on. We want to build upon and continue to improve and compete for a Northeast 8 championship.”

The Struthers girls’ basketball program is 13-wins away from reaching 700 in school history.

Neider averaged 10.4 points and 3.1 assists per game last year. As a freshman (the previous year), she tallied a 8.1 scoring average and 3.2 assists. Both were good for second on the team.

Croyle saw her numbers jump from a 2.5 scoring and 3.8 rebounding average in 2019-20 to last year’s 6.5 and 5.7 totals as a junior.

Elia will be tough to replace as she averaged over 17-points per game in each of the last two seasons.

Struthers has finished with a 9-5 record in league play in each of the last two seasons.

The season gets underway on November 29 when Struthers welcomes Liberty.

Struthers Wildcats
Head Coach: Bill Neider
2020-21 Record: 11-10 (9-5), 3rd in Northeast 8

2020-21 Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: 45.0
Scoring Defense: 43.9

2020-21 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Emma Elia – 17.6
Rebounding: Kaylei Shaffer – 6.1
Assists: Chloe Neider – 3.1
Field Goal Percentage: Taylor Susany – 47.1%
Three-Point Percentage: Taylor Susany – 29.5%
Free Throw Percentage: Emma Elia – 85.2%

2021-22 Schedule
Nov. 29 – Liberty
Dec. 2 – Niles
Dec. 6 – at Hubbard
Dec. 9 – at Poland
Dec. 11 – at Fitch
Dec. 13 – Lakeview
Dec. 16 – at Jefferson
Dec. 22 – at Howland’s Toni Ross Tournament
Dec. 23 – at Howland’s Toni Ross Tournament
Dec. 27 – Maplewood
Dec. 29 – at Ursuline
Jan. 3 – South Range
Jan. 6 – Girard
Jan. 10 – at Niles
Jan. 13 – Hubbard
Jan. 17 – at Canfield
Jan. 20 – Poland
Jan. 24 – at Lakeview
Jan. 27 – Jefferson
Jan. 31 – at South Range
Feb. 3 – at Girard
Feb. 5 – Sharpsville

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