Setbacks don't deter Laurel Hill girls

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 07:16 PM.

Sophomores Jhanea Griffin and Bridgett Zessin and seniors Brianna Owens and Caitlyn Clark join them.

Owens, a natural shooting guard, has been forced to take over point guard responsibilities with Zessin and McLaney’s help.

“Bridgett Zessin is playing pretty good ball for us,” Varnum said. “She’s looking to go inside or outside and she just has to get used to handling the ball. It’s a new role for her, her and Brianna.

“Brianna is in there and she’s as tough as nails and she will do anything you ask of her. She’s been playing the two for us and now we are asking her to bring (the ball down) and she’s just got to get used to it.”

Despite the Hoboes’ point guard setbacks, the tandem of Griffin and Reese, the younger sister of former Hobo stars Brad and Jeff Reese, on the inside presents numerous matchup problems for other Class 1A teams.

“They have dominated the boards so far this year,” Varnum said. “One game, Grace had 19 rebounds, and she is looking better every game. Jhanea has had some really nice games for us this year.

“She scored 26 one game and 21 in another. She has answered the call. What we have to do is build it around them and go from there.”

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