STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Struthers was involved in eleven games which were decided by 7-points or less. The Lady Wildcats dropped seven of those outings. It’s been five years since the Wildcats won a conference championship, will luck turn their way this year?

One would assume so with the list of returnees this coming season led by Chloe Neider, Faith Stellato and Adrionna Rudzik. Neider recorded 19 double-digit contests as she’s improved her scoring from having an 8.1 average as a freshman all the way up to her 14.4 average last year as a junior. Number 14 compiled a triple-double on December 13 against Lakeview (15 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists). Stellato, also a senior, led the team in three-point shooting (26.1%) and averaged 8.5 points, 3.6 boards and 3.6 steals per game. Rudzik tallied a 2.5 scoring and 3.5 rebounding average last season as well.

Coach Bill Neider, who’s been coaching within the girls’ program for twenty-two years (5th as head coach), points to his underclassmen as being able to contribute right away for the Wildcats. “Emma Morris, Ava Croyle, Katelyn Kimble and Leaira Corinaldi all had great summers. They’ve really improved [since last season]. Leaira is coming off of an injury and missed her whole freshman season [last year]. She’s progressing nicely.”

The Wildcats are seeking a turnaround, “Our off-season focus has been about commitment, getting back to work and getting better,” states Neider. “I’m really excited how the summer ended and am looking forward to building off that this season.”

The Wildcats will be matched against Walsh Jesuit in their season opener on Saturday, November 19.

Struthers Wildcats
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Bill Neider
2021-22 Record: 10-13 (8-6), Northeast 8
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Sectional Semifinal to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 56-45

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 42.9
Scoring Defense: 42.9

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Chloe Neider – 14.4
Rebounding: Ella Croyle & Chloe Neider – 6.5
Assists: Chloe Neider – 3.8
Steals: Faith Stellato – 3.6
Free Throw Percentage: Chloe Neider – 73.6%
Three-Point Percentage: Faith Stellato – 26.1%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 19 – Walsh Jesuit
Nov. 21 – at East
Nov. 26 – at Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 1 – Chardon
Dec. 5 – Western Reserve
Dec. 8 – Jefferson
Dec. 12 – at Hubbard
Dec. 15 – Lakeview
Dec. 16 – at Canfield
Dec. 19 – at Girard
Dec. 22 – at Poland
Jan. 2 – Ursuline
Jan. 5 – at Niles
Jan. 9 – South Range
Jan. 12 – at Jefferson
Jan. 16 – at Liberty
Jan. 19 – Hubbard
Jan. 23 – at Lakeview
Jan. 26 – Girard
Jan. 30 – Poland
Feb. 2 – Niles
Feb. 6 – at South Range