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Prep girls basketball preview: Wrens look to keep making strides

The Wrens boast a cohesive unit this season that will look to improve up on its 4-15 record from last year.

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Janae Sjodin (30) of Wrenshall dribbles the ball past Jordan Temple (12) of Chisholm during a Feb. 9, 2021 game in Wrenshall.
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Head coach: Emma Grover

Assistant coaches: Delaney Knudson (Kittel)

Returning starters: Seniors Janae Sjodin and Katie Line; junior Liberty Bilges and sophomore Lizzy Johnson.

New Faces: Senior Francesca Klimek.

Team Strengths: "This crew is really passionate about the game and connecting as a team," coach Emma Grover said. "We feel as though these things, combined with their skills, together can provide a more difficult challenge for our competition this season." 

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Biggest Challenge: "Injuries are tough and we’re a small school, so if we sustain any significant injuries, it could be a tough go," Grover said. "We don’t wish this upon any kiddo or any team, but the reality is that they do happen. Our strength and conditioning programming is in place to help avoid this — we plan to do our best." 

Goals and expectations: "Our goal this season is to continue to grow as a team. I think our school and people in the community really saw this happen with our girls last season, and we only expect that to continue progressing," Grover said. 

"This is a great group of kids who we really want to have a great time playing the game of basketball, but also push their level of play. The expectation we set for our girls is that they go out on that court every game (and practice) and give it everything they’ve got. Not just physically, but mentally as well," Grover added.  "If they really invest into each decision that is made on the court and they understand why they need to execute certain things, then they can accomplish pretty much anything. The sky is truly the limit, and we expect them to understand those possibilities." 

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