Lawrence High's girls basketball season doesn't start until Thursday at Olathe East, but the Lions suffered their first setback on Sunday when senior point guard Marjy Givens, a starter last year, sustained a knee injury.
"Early on we'll have to wait and see how things develop and how quickly Marjy gets back," LHS coach Gary Hammer said. "She had a lot of experience at point guard."
With Givens sidelined, Hammer plans to start a lineup of senior Joanna Scollon, junior Katy Kampschroeder, junior Jaunelle Hamilton, junior Kelly Borchardt and sophomore Gina Hunter against O-East. Hunter will start in place of Givens.
Hamilton, a 6-foot-1 center, averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as a sophomore. She is considered the team's primary offensive threat.
"She'll be called upon to do a good job scoring and rebounding," Hammer said. "We'll rely on her to provide a very strong inside game."
Hammer hopes Kampschroeder will provide scoring from the perimeter.
"She's probably one of my best outside shooters," Hammer said.
The Lions' top reserves are junior Anne Murray, junior Katie Schott and sophomore Jocelyn Thurston.
Hammer plans to use several players early in the season.
"The young girls are going to have learn quick and hopefully pick up things fast so we can improve," Hammer said.
The Lions, the Class 6A state runners-up in 1993, finished 12-8 last year after winning 10 of their first 12 games.
"We could have a good team," Hammer said. "It's going to be very important that we play real good team ball."
Hammer expects his team to figure in the middle of the 10-team Sunflower League race.
In the first Kansas Basketball Coaches Assn. poll, league schools Shawnee Mission West, Shawnee Mission South and Olathe North were ranked first, second and third in the state.
The Lions' first home game is Dec. 8 against Shawnee Heights.
Seniors: Marjy Givens, Joanna Scollon.
Juniors: Kelly Borchardt, Jaunelle Hamilton, Katy Kampschroeder, Katie Schott, Anne Murray, Shannon Stanwix.
Sophomores: Mandy Garber, Gina Hunter, Jocelyn Thurston.
December: 1-at Olathe East. 5-at Kansas City Washington. 8-Tecumseh Shawnee Heights. 12-Shawnee Mission Miege. 15-SM East. 19-at Leavenworth.
January: 5-at Olathe North. 11-Notre Dame de Sion. 13-SM North. 17-St. Joe Benton. 19-at Olathe South. 26-28-at Emporia tournament.
February: 2-SM West. 7-at Emporia. 9-at SM Northwest. 13-Topeka. 16-Leavenworth. 23-at SM South.