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GIRLS PREVIEW: Sandusky looks for more improvement in Venerucci's third season

Butch Wagner • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

A winning attitude is one of the primary goals for Sandusky girls basketball coach Nic Venerucci.

In his third season with the Blue Streaks, Venerucci feels his 2010-11 team can have that frame of mind each time out on the floor.

Sandusky was 3-18 in Venerucci’s first year, and improved to 8-13 a year ago. One win came over a Perkins club that lost just once in the regular season and finished 22-2.

“We proved that night we could play with the good teams. Now we would like to do that game after game,” Venerucci said. “We want to continue to improve, get out and run when we can and also cut down on our turnovers a lot. I think we have a team that can do that, but we must stay healthy and at the same time, the girls must understand their roles.”

Sandusky had four returning letter winners, and a transfer from Huron who was a regular for the Tigers.

Among the returnees are three who earned All-Greater Buckeye Conference honors.

Senior Cara Croom, a two-year regular, was a first-team choice who scored 16.5 points and hauled down 7.5 rebounds a game.

“Cara is our top shooter, and a leader,” Venerucci said.

Senior Bri Crowe and junior Morgan Newell gained second-team honors for the Streaks. Crowe averaged a double-double per night with 10 points and 10 boards and is the key inside performer. Newell, a point guard, is being counted on for a few points, and a lot of assists and the ability to handle the pressure.

Senior Rebecca Lewis is the other returning letter winner who plays a wing position.

Junior Caroline Estell also handles the ball quite well and came over from Huron where she played outside. “Estell will certainly help us at both ends of the court,” Venerucci said.

The Streaks also have a couple of newcomers to the varsity who Venerucci is counting on in juniors Sam Mayfield and Brynne Sample.

As for the GBC, Venerucci rates Findlay as the team to beat. They always have a good team and return six from last year.

“We open our season Tuesday at home against Port Clinton and it would be nice to get off to a good start,” Venerucci said.

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