Marauders Look To Faces Old And New For Better 2014-15 Campaign

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After a pair of disappointing seasons, the Meigs basketball programs are looking to bounce back this season.

Looking Back

The 2013-14 season saw the Meigs boys' basketball team struggle to an 8-13 (4-6) record. The Marauders were fairly inconsistent for much of the season, but towards the end of the season they lost their last seven games by an average of 12 points and only managed to score more than 50 points once. It may seem obvious to state that it’s difficult to win basketball games if teams can’t score, but that was the story for the last season's version of the Marauders. In wins, the team averaged 55.6 points a game, and in losses, it only put up 42.1 points per game.

The 2013-14 season wasn’t much better for the Lady Marauders, as they finished at the bottom of the TVC-Ohio with a 5-16 (0-10) record. Like their male counterparts, the Lady Marauders had issues with putting points on the board, as they failed to score 50 points on 17 different occasions–with 16 of those games being losses. On the other hand, the team was undefeated when it scored at least 55 points last year.

New Faces

Roster turnover is expected from year to year in high school athletics. However, the Meigs men’s basketball team will have more than a few new faces for the 2014-15 season; and it starts at the top. With new head coach, Ed Frye, at the helm, the Marauders will look to improve on their 8-13 in the 2013-14 season.

If the Marauders are going to improve, they’ll do it with plenty of new players, as five players from last year’s squad were lost to graduation including leader Damon Jones. Without Jones, Meigs will likely lean on seniors Ty Phelps and Isaiah English to lead the team.

Returning Experience

Unlike the boys' team, the Lady Marauders have plenty of players returning for the 2014-15 campaign. The team only lost two players to graduation in the offseason, but perhaps more important is the fact that senior Kelsey Hudson is still at Meigs, and is poised for a big season. With its leader coming back for one more season, there is reason for optimism around the Lady Marauders' locker room.

In addition to bringing back Hudson and her sharp-shooting abilities, coach Amber Ridenour will also return for the Lady Marauders this season.