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HS BASKETBALL:

Foothill girls hope to develop depth at guard positions

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Foothill basketball players, from left, Brianna Higgins, Samantha Gruettner and Cheryl Harless.

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Foothill High girls basketball coach Mike Collins talks about the upcoming season.

Talk of the Foothill girls basketball team has to start with junior Brianna Higgins and senior Cheryl Harless.

Higgins and Harless, both forwards, are two All-Conference performers who hope to lead Foothill to the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

“They’re both very good,” Foothill coach Mike Collins said. “We’re still very good at a lot of positions. Anyone that knows our team knows that, but we’re struggling at point guard. I wouldn’t call it a hole, but it’s definitely an issue right now.”

Collins considers the Falcons set at the post positions, but is a little worried about the depth at point guard.

Although he says senior Samantha Gruettner is as reliable as they come at running the offense, he doesn’t know what the Falcons have behind her.

“Samantha is doing a great job,” Collins said. “It’s to the point now where she’s got it, but let’s say something happens to her — if she gets hurt, is in foul trouble or not doing well — then who do we have after her? That’s going to be the question.”

The onus would likely fall on junior guard Christina Nash in that situation. Nash is valuable to the Falcons as a shooting guard, but Collins said she was not a natural point guard.

With so much talent in the frontcourt, Collins hopes the Falcons can win games with defense and rebounding. He said teams with speed could pose a problem.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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