Everything was looking up for the St. Vincent Indians girls’ basketball team. They had a core group of returning seniors that were ready to take the next step.
That was until head coach Tim Winkler had to step down for health reasons. But athletic director quickly filled the position with Gary Poyner.
Poyner is entering his 18th year as a coach. He coached previously at Delta, Woodland and Shawnee Community College.
He will have a core of seniors that succeeded last season amassing a 15-10 record.
That starts with Jackie Verseman inside and Corin Carroll and Abby Buchheit on the outside.
“We have some good shooters and then when you have Jackie on the inside, there aren’t many teams that can match up with her Poyner said. “
The Lady Indians will also look to Kalli Seabaugh as well as Lexie Anderson to help provide some quickness and shooting, something Poyner says they have a fair amount of.
Defensively, Poyner wants to get up and pressure the opposition using a litany of defensive strategies.
“I think it will be to our advantage to pressure teams with the quickness and speed we have,” Poyner said. “
The Lady Indians look to improve on their winning record from 2016 and Poyner knows the road will be tough especially with teams like Oran in their district.
“But I don’t see any reason why we can’t Poyner said. “This is a talented team that can compete with everyone on our schedule. I truly believe that.”