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Prep girls basketball preview: Lumberjacks look to capitalize on team quickness

Cloquet returns starters Alexa Snesrud and Kiley Issendorf from last season's Section 7AAA runner-up squad.

Cloquet tops Hermantown in Section 7AAA semifinal.
Alexa Snesrud, 12, makes a pass beneath the basket during the Lumberjacks' home win over Hermantown Friday, March 3.
Jamey Malcomb / File / Duluth News Tribune
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Head coach: Heather Young

Assistant coaches: Katie Hughes, Dan Danielson and Tyler Korby

Returning starters: Senior Alexa Snesrud and junior Kiley Issendorf; other returning players include senior Macie Majerle, and juniors Ava Carlson and Quinn Danielson.

New Faces: Senior Katie Olson; juniors Carly Johnson and Loni Fonoti; and sophomores Paige Goranson, Sarah Turner.

"Some other sophomores and freshmen will be competing for some playing time this season as well at the varsity level," coach Heather Young said.

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Team Strengths: "Our biggest strength will be our quickness," Young said. "(We have) many versatile players who can play inside and outside. (We also have strong) ball handlers and court awareness."

Player goes up for a layup
Kiley Issendorf of Cloquet goes up for a layup during the Section 7AAA championship game against Grand Rapids, Thursday, March 10, at Hermantown High School.
Jake Przytarski / File / Cloquet Pine Journal

Biggest Challenge: "Our biggest challenge will be our depth on the bench, making sure we take care of the ball and shooting consistency," Young said.

Goals and expectations: "Our team goals will be to compete and get better at each competition, making the smart choice with each possession, and making a defensive presence that frustrates our opponent — creating a turnover and scoring off of it on our end," Young said.

"We lost five seniors (four starters) to graduation. They will be greatly missed," Young added. "However, we have five returners who have varsity experience with some new faces in the mix. I am excited to watch this group compete."

Quinn Danielson looks to pass
Quinn Danielson of Cloquet looks to pass during a game against Mountain Iron-Buhl on Thursday, Jan. 20.
Jake Przytarski / File / Cloquet Pine Journal

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