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Lindsay Baker, Warsaw
Ally Christman, Bishop Dwenger
Jackie Dixie, Concordia
Bailey Farley, Canterbury
Paige Frisch, Norwell
Aaliyah Gaines, Canterbury
Keanna Gary, Leo
DeJoyah Johnson, South Side
Haley Richardson, West Noble
Katie Saalfrank, Heritage
Ariana Simmons, South Side
Taylor Wilson, Norwell
Coaches: Dave Miller, Concordia; Juanita Goodwell, South Side; Cathy Pusey, Concordia
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Rachel Beining, Ottoville
Haley Glandorff, Bowling Green
Miranda Palmer, Arcadia
Kaylee Patton, Waynesfield
Christina McQueen, Findlay
Emily Ruhe, Lima Bath
Abby Siefker, Ottoville
Erica Smay, Tinora
Kelsey Tiejte, Patrick Henry
Taylor Willeke, Ada
Coaches: Seth Newlove, Arlington; Mike Risner, USV; Jeff Nichols, Bowling Green; Brian Ziegler, Archbold
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Taylor Wilson earned All-NHC first-team honors last season by averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 steals and 3.4 rebounds for Norwell.

Cougars will reunite sister act

– Saint Francis women’s basketball coach Gary Andrews knows what he is getting in Norwell senior Taylor Wilson, an incoming freshman.

Andrews’ knowledge comes from working with Knights coach Eric Thornton the last four years and because Wilson’s older sister, Jenelle, is a junior guard for the Cougars.

“We know the family, and we know the kids,” Andrews said.

“They love basketball. (Taylor) will be a kid who will do whatever we tell them to do. They are both scrappier than all get out. They are both hard-nosed kids who will dive on the floor and knock the other player on the ground. They give it 100 percent all the time.”

Wilson will get an early look at playing at Saint Francis’ Hutzell Center as part of the Indiana team in the Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic on Saturday.

“It is really cool to be a part of it, and do it for the reason of Nancy Rehm,” Wilson said.

The 5-foot-7 Taylor Wilson will play point guard for the Cougars, while Jenelle Wilson is more of a scorer, but can play both point and shooting guard.

“They are similar, but they are also different,” Andrews said. “Just watching Taylor play, I knew she would be able to fit in here with the style she plays. We want kids who can guard people, and we run the dribble-drive so she will fit in with that style, and Norwell put that in this year so she will be able to run our offense.”

Wilson earned All-NHC first-team honors last season by averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 steals and 3.4 rebounds for the two-time NHC champion Knights. Wilson was also part of three straight sectional championship teams while playing for Thornton.

“Thornton does a good job of getting everybody prepared, even if you are not going to play in the future,” Wilson said. “He just makes everybody good. He teaches us to be very aggressive and play at a fast pace, and I think that is good for any basketball game.”

Jenelle Wilson averaged 9.0 points, 2.5 assists for Saint Francis.

“They are fundamentally very sound,” Andrews said of Taylor and Jenelle. “When you get them, you know they will know how to play defense and handle the ball and pass, and that’s important because they are going to be ready to play for us.”

Andrews said he was able to keep up on Taylor’s recruiting process by talking to Jenelle.

The Wilson sisters will be reunited at Saint Francis after playing together for a couple of seasons at Norwell.

“I am really excited for it,” Wilson said. “It will be fun to be back with her.”

gjones@jg.net

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