Photo by Lori PoteetBecca Adams is emerging as one of North’s top threats.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Becca Adams is emerging as one of North’s top threats.
DANVILLE - North Montgomery's girls' basketball team has been playing well since mid-December. They may not have the record to show it, but vast improvements have been made since the beginning of the season. The Chargers will get an opportunity to showcase their improvement, and hopefully notch another win, when they travel to Danville Friday for a Sagamore Athletic Conference affair.

The Chargers (3-11) most recently fell victim to a big comeback in a loss to Harrison Tuesday.

"We played a great first quarter and half against a really good team in Harrison," first-year mentor Ryan Nuppnau said. "We're starting to realize and understand our potential and our ability. Starting to accomplish things offensively and understand things on defense. We're getting better each and every day. Our girls are playing their best basketball as the season starts to wind down, which is right where you want to be."

The Chargers will have a tough task against the 11-4 Warriors. They are coming off of a Tuesday win against Crawfordsville.

"Their intensity on defense (stands out as a strength)," Nuppnau said. "They swarm and get after it. Offensively, they push the ball in transition. They have a similar game plan as to what Lebanon does so well. Danville has a couple of big girls down low. Morgan Bear is very athletic for her size. Maleha Motter can go inside and out and can handle the ball. It will be a good test for our bigs."

Nuppnau said that some of the Chargers have stepped up into new roles and other have learned to contribute in their role.

"Cheyenne Warren has really stepped up on the offensive end, being aggressive and confident with her shot. We really challenged her to be that type of player," he said. "Becca Adams is really coming along. Not only being strong inside but handling the ball well for us. She's becoming versatile for us on the offensive end. Those two are really starting to shine. Lauren McClaskey is understanding her role. Zoey McCormick is getting back into the flow of things and accepting her role. That's really tough for a senior to be out and come back and she's accepted that.

"They've had a good program overall the past few years. They always have athletic and aggressive girls. It's going to be good for us to play in a hostile environment like that on a Friday night with the prime time atmosphere. Sectional will be like that," Nuppnau added.

The game will be the first of a boy/girl double header for the Chargers and Warriors. The girls will kick things off at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow.