The second season for the Mingo Central Lady Miners will open up at Tolsia on Thursday night in the Mingo-Wayne Shootout.
Head coach Don Taylor, the former head coach at Gilbert, is starting his second season at the new consolidated high school.
Taylor expects his team to be much-improved this season. Last year the Lady Miners finished with a record of 11-13 in their first season.
Taylor said he expects to play a rotation of 8-to-10 players. He also has several freshmen on the squad that he hopes will see playing time. Mingo Central will also play a junior varsity schedule.
Senior point guard Chrissy Farmer returns as one of the starters this season. She will run the offense and Taylor also hopes she can provide some scoring.
Senior Danielle Browning, a 5-10 post player, also returns for the Lady Miners. She should be one of the team’s top scorers and rebounders.
Other players in the rotation will be senior guard Miranda Evans, junior forward Kaitlyn Day and sophomore Ashley Curry. These five will likely get the starting nod in the first game, but other players will see plenty of playing time, according to Taylor.
They include seniors Bri Smith, Brittany Maynard and Brittany Stumbo, along with sophomores Kiaria Hammond and Brandi Cisco.
The freshmen on the team include Victoria Varney, Jenna Muncy, Tanner Justice, Caitlin Cantrell, Jaida Taylor, Stacy Cisco, Hannah Church and Chyenn Mahon.
Taylor is assisted once again by former Burch coach David Hanshaw.