2021 Edgerton girls basketball picture

Photo by Michael Burwell

Members of the Edgerton girls basketball team are (front row, from left) Brianna Wickerham, Grace Schroeder, Dominique Fort, Holly Stark, Taylor Smith and Addie Cape; (back) assistant coach Nicole White, coach Marchetta Caryer, Mckenna Warner, Molly Hennessey, Luisa Rudersdorf, Noelle Ritter, Clara Gerschutz, assistant coach Brittney Drugan and assistant coach Kennedy Flower.

EDGERTON — Edgerton’s girls basketball team will be led by a new but familiar face on the sidelines this year.

Marchetta Caryer, who has been the Bulldogs’ softball coach for 13 seasons, will take over a program that went 1-21 (0-7 Green Meadows Conference) last year. She took over in May for three-year coach Nathan Davis, who went 19-50 and resigned in late March.

And Caryer will have plenty of experience returning.

After losing Audrey Schroeder, Rylei Moreno and Abbigail Herman to graduation, the Bulldogs bring back seniors Holly Stark (5-foot-7), Grace Schroeder (5-9) and Dominique Fort (5-9), as well as juniors Brianna Wickerham (5-5), Noelle Ritter (5-8), Taylor Smith (5-6) and Addie Cape (5-8). Wickerham earned honorable mention all-GMC a year ago.

Juniors Luisa Rudersdorf (5-11), Mckenna Warner (5-5), Molly Hennessey (5-8) and sophomore Clara Gerschutz (5-7) round out the rest of the roster.

“It’s always nice to have some returning letterwinners, especially coming in as a new coach,” Caryer said. “Obviously (I coach) softball and have most of those same kids there, and they’re used to my system in softball. These girls have adjusted really well to me — the ones that aren’t familiar with me.

“They’re just really raw. They have a lot of talent, and so we’re just trying to pull that out of them every day.”

Caryer said the team has adjusted to her system and coaching style early on.

“The girls have very positive attitudes and work hard each day to improve their game, they push each other at practice,” Caryer said. “... It’s a totally new system and the girls are learning and improving each day. They have great attitudes and we look to get better each day and hope to be playing our best ball come tournament time.

“We’re looking to play more man-to-man defense — they were used to playing zone. We got a new offense in. They’re adjusting pretty well.”

Caryer said this year’s team will also have to “overcome adversity and play hard with intensity for four quarters.”

“Last season is over with and the girls have to realize they are better than this and need to understand what it takes to get to where we want the program to be,” Caryer said. “It’s just rebuilding their confidence and just making them believe that they’re better, and we just preach that to them every day. They’re better and they can achieve whatever their minds set to achieve.

“Just build them up and kind of push them forward and just doing those little things with the mental part of the game.”

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