CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford girls’ basketball opens its 2015-2016 season next weekend in New Providence and Coach Jackie Dyer has high expectations for this year’s team.

The lady Cougars had a tough season last year finishing with a, 6-18, record however, Dyer, in her ninth season as head coach, is optimistic about the upcoming season. This year’s team has speed, are aggressive and has many players who contribute on both, the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Dyer said, “We are a very well-balanced team and have improved tremendously since last year.”

Cranford will rely on the scoring ability of last year’s leading scorer, Cerys MacLelland, along with seniors Lyndsay Pace and Isabella Speer. The Cougars will also look to sophomore Camryn Wichelns and freshman Lauren Williamson to make an impact.

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Looking forward Dryer is positive, a county and state sectional title is a goal for the team, she said, “I think many of our opponents are going to be very surprised when they see us play this year.  I am excited for the season.”

The lady Cougars begin their season Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1:00 p.m., in New Providence.