Around the OAA.
This is a blog that is devoted to the OAA. We cover 23 schools from Oakland County to Wayne County. From Oxford to Harper Woods. This blog will give insight and projections around the OAA.
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Written Sunday November 27th at 9:45 AM
Here is the preview heading into the 2022-2023 season.
AROUND THE OAA TOP TEN
- West Bloomfield
- Lake Orion
- Stoney Creek
- Bloomfield Hills
EARLY THOUGHTS: The Red should be very interesting this season. Two teams moved from the White this offseason and could be ready to make a ton of noise. West Bloomfield won the Division One State Championship last season and the majority of their team is back. The bench is the question mark for the Lakers coming into the season. Lake Orion is loaded with proven experience. They have the majority of their team coming back after making the regional semifinals last season. The Dragons might be the deepest team when it comes to interchangeable talent. Rochester could have a say when it comes to depth this season. The Falcons have the majority of their team coming back and features two twin towers in the interior. Groves has a ton of proven experience coming back although they are not as deep as Rochester or Lake Orion. Troy lost almost everyone from a team that went to the State Quarterfinals last season. Clarkston lost their two top scorers from last season however it could make them more dangerous because they would have multiple scorers. Stoney Creek has always been a proven program and they are expected to be once again. Southfield Arts and Tech is the great unknown. The Warriors need to make that next step but for that to happen they need to beat really good teams not just the bad teams. Overall there is a reason why the Red is one of the best divisions in the State.
WEST BLOOMFIELD LAKERS
Last Season: 25-1, 12-0 Red. Won Division One State Championship.
Top Player: Summer Davis-G
Key Player: Kendall Hendrix-G
Wildcard: Sydney Hendrix-G
Biggest Question: Can the Lakers depth come to par with their starting five???
INSIGHT: The Lakers are coming off a Division One State championship last season. They are one of the favorites to repeat this season. West Bloomfield has Summer Davis, Indya Davis, Kendall Hendrix, and Sydney Hendrix coming back. Destiny Washington could be that possible fifth starter for Coach Daryl McAllister. The bench is a major concern coming into the season. They have Ava Lord, Gabby Williams, Jaylee Head, Jada Vaughn, and Gabrielle Hale coming back. McAllister needs some talented players to step up from the bench and not rely on the starting five. If they have to rely on their starting five which they can but it’s not preferred then it could spell trouble. Program strength is a concern for the Lakers. West Bloomfield has the playmakers for a deep postseason run but program strength and bench play are major concerns as mentioned coming into the season.
LAKE ORION DRAGONS
Last Season: 18-6, 10-4 White. Lost 61-47 to Clarkston in Regional Semifinals.
Top Player: Maddie Ebbert-G
Key Player: Kylie Heck-G
Wildcard: Izzy Wotlinski-G/F
Biggest Question: Can the Dragons repeat the postseason magic from last season???
INSIGHT: The Dragons overcame so much adversity before and during the season. They won 18 games and earned their first district championship since 2009. This is a program that not a lot of people around the State are talking about and really need to start to pay attention too. Lake Orion might be the deepest team in Oakland County with their proven depth. The Dragons have Maddie Ebbert, Kylie Heck, Taylor Dinda, Audrey Wischmeyer, Chloe Wiegers, Grace Sullivan, Ryan Pawalczyk, and Jodie McCaffery coming back. Watch for Izzy Wotilinski and Charlotte Peplowski for Coach Bob Brydges. Wotlinski could be on the verge of a break out year. Lake Orion has a very deep bench as mentioned. Program strength looks solid for Brydges. The Dragons should be a force this season.
Last Season: 18-4, 13-1 White. Lost 40-34 to Lake Orion in District Finals.
Top Player: Alice Max-F
Key Player: Natalie Rayce-G
Wildcard: Stevie Norgrove-G
Biggest Question: Can the Falcons overcome their District Final Woes???
INSIGHT: The Falcons are coming off their fourth straight district final loss last season. This could be a great opportunity for them to avenge that come this postseason despite being in a very tough district. Rochester has most of their starting five with Alice Max and Kylie Robinson leading the charge coming back in the interior. The biggest question for Coach Bill Thurston will be point guard. It is expected that Alana Webb or Kaitlyn Guolla could share time at point guard. The Falcons have proven inside-out shooters in Natalie Rayce, Stevie Norgrove, Abby Pleasant, Ava Williams, and Ava Kucera coming back. They added an Iowa soccer commit in Samantha Glover. Glover fills a big need at small forward for Thurston given her height and quickness. “Very competitive group of girls. They play together and share the ball. We have a senior driven team that compliments our two sophomores” said Thurston. Program strength looks solid. Thurston has the interior along with proven shooters but the stabilizer (point guard) will be key for the Falcons success.”The girls have their goals set high and will compete to be one of the top teams in Oakland County this year. Matching last season’s defensive performance will be key as they move up to the Red” Thurston concluded. Rochester is more than capable but if they can turn their district final bad habits around then they could be in line for a deep postseason run.
Last Season: 17-7, 10-2 Red. Lost 48-46 to Hartland in Regional Finals.
Top Player: Kierra Tolmie-F
Key Player: Ava Hernandez-G
Wildcard: Claire Walker-F
Biggest Question: How will the Wolves replace their top two scorers from last season???
INSIGHT: The Wolves are going to be a different team this season. They had a very good season where they won 17 games. Clarkston had a heartbreaking loss to Hartland in the regional final last season. They lost their two top players from last season (Maddie Skroupski and Izzy Hadley) but they might be more dangerous now that they don’t have that dominant player. The Wolves have a ton of proven players in Kierra Tolmie, Ava Hernandez, Emily Valencia, Mia Zorski, Claire Walker, Anna Thomas, Ella Morgner, Marley Maxur, Wiley Gibbs, and Olivia Gray coming back for Coach Aaron Goodnough. Clarkston has toughen up their non-conference. Program strength looks to be solid. The Wolves should be in the mix this season.
STONEY CREEK COUGARS
Last Season: 14-7, 8-4 Red. Lost 32-30 to Lake Orion in District Semifinals.
Top Player: Sarah LaPrarie-G
Key Player: Erin Flynn-G
Wildcard: Merrick Schwalbach-F
Biggest Question: Can the Cougars sustain and rise in the Red???
INSIGHT: The Cougars are a very interesting team winning 14 games but had a very disappointing postseason last season. Stoney Creek should be in the mix in the Red and also in the postseason this season. Program strength is solid for Coach Kellen James. The Cougars have Sarah LaPrarie, Mia Carson, Erin Flynn, Lily Solek, Kaeli Butcher, and Merrick Schwalbach coming back. The interior is a bit of a concern for James. It’s possible that Schwalbach, Butcher, and Solek could fill those roles in the paint. Stoney Creek has proven experience especially at the guards. They are a sleeper in the Red.
Last Season: 10-11, 4-8 Red. Lost 66-22 to West Bloomfield in District Semifinals.
Top Player: Kaitlyn Sanders-F
Key Player: Cira Racco-G
Wildcard: Lily Gallagher-F
Biggest Question: Can the Falcons take the next step???
INSIGHT: The Falcons have been through a lot as a program in the last two years. They went through a very difficult transition when Coach Allison Hidey took over the program. Groves has a veteran proven team coming back after taking a ton of lumps last season. They lost one senior to graduation. Hidey has proven players in Kaitlyn Sanders, Cira Racco, Dana Wesley, Lily Gallagher, Neveah McCay, Payge Charnas, Kirsten Jasinski, Jean Smith, and Cameron Little coming back. The Falcons relied a ton on Sanders and Racco and they are expected to do so again but watch for Gallagher, she is a darkhorse on this team. Program strength is a major concern. Groves has a great shot to get over 500 this season but the postseason looks daunting. They should be very interesting to watch this season.
Last Season: 13-12, 5-7 Red. Lost 67-32 to West Bloomfield in State Quarterfinals.
Top Player: Lizzie Butzyzk-G
Key Player: Avery Allen-G
Wildcard: Reigan Zeiter-G
Biggest Question: How will the Colts replace last season’s senior class???
INSIGHT: It’s going to be a very tough transition for the Colts this season. Troy struggled early but when they got healthy they made had a special run to get to the State Quarterfinals. They lost a lot of proven experience from last season. It could be a very tough adjustment period for the Colts. Troy has Lizzie Butzyzk, Avery Allen, Zoe Silver, Shiavani Angadi, Victoria Siegan, Charlotte Guillion, and Reagan Zeiter coming back for Coach Julius Porter. Porter could have two impactful freshmen that could make varsity to watch in Carly Higginbottom and Maci Zeiter coming into the program. Butzyzk and Allen look to be their two top players this season. Program strength is a major concern. The non conference is very interesting and they are in a brutal district to close the season. Expect some growing pains this season.
SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH WARRIORS
Last Season: 5-16, 1-11 Red. Lost 56-18 to Farmington Hills Mercy in District First Round.
Top Player: Christian Banks-G
Key Player: Jaylin Austin-F
Wildcard: Kamaria Paige-G
Biggest Question: Can the Warriors make the next step???
INSIGHT: The Warriors are a very interesting team where it depends which team shows up every night. They have played very well against struggling teams but when they play very good or proven teams they tend to struggle. The inconsistent play is something that Coach Shaquita Coltrane has to address in a big way. Southfield Arts and Tech has some proven experience in Jaylin Austin, Christian Banks, Kamaria Paige, and Jordan Ushery coming back. Program strength is a major concern. The Red is different which could give the Warriors some issues. This is a program that needs to improve each day if they want to make some noise this season.
EARLY THOUGHTS: The White should be very interesting this season. Oxford should be the favorite and for good reason. The Wildcats return their entire starting lineup but the bench will be very critical if they want to make that next step especially in the postseason where they are in a very difficult district. North Farmington has their top two top scorers coming back but they have some questions elsewhere coming into the season. Berkley shocked the State with their district title run last season but they lost their best player to graduation. It will be very interesting to see what they do if they want a repeat of their district title run. Royal Oak comes from the Red after having a really tough year last season. The Ravens could be a dark horse with proven experience coming back. Harper Woods and Seaholm come from the Blue. The Maples should be very good with their proven experience along with playing very tough non-conference schedule. The Pioneers have several questions to address despite being experienced. Troy Athens could be a wildcard. The Red Hawks are well coached, have a solid nucleus, and could surprise some people. Adams will be very young this season but there is optimism surrounding this freshman class. Overall there is a lot of balance in this division but the Wildcats stand out to be the favorite right now.
Last Season: 12-6, 9-4 White. Lost 59-27 to Grand Blanc in District Semifinals.
Top Player: Myranda Wynemkio-G
Key Player: Allison Hufstedler-G
Wildcard: Peyton Ritcher-F
Biggest Question: How will the Wildcats handle their bench situation???
INSIGHT: The Wildcats have overcame a lot of adversity since last season. Oxford comes into the season with a ton of proven confidence after having a really strong summer. They should be motivated to do well especially in the postseason where it is possible that they could see Grand Blanc for a third straight year. The Wildcats should have one of the best starting lineups in Oakland County with their proven experience in Myranda Wynemkio, Peyton Ritcher, Nevadeh Wood, Sophia Rabb, and Allison Hufstedler coming back. Ritcher comes back after suffering a torn ACL injury last season. The bench is a question mark despite having Brady Elling, Avery Feeney, and Lexi Yankee coming back for Coach Rachel Bryer. If the Wildcats can develop their bench then Oxford with that starting five could have a very strong season and very possibly a deep postseason run.
NORTH FARMINGTON RAIDERS
Last Season: 12-9, 8-5 White. Lost 56-31 to Birmingham Marian in District Semifinals.
Top Player: Sela Lefler-G
Key Player: Penelope Creary-G
Wildcard: Asiyah Jihad-F
Biggest Question: Can the Raiders with all the experience win a district and the White???
INSIGHT: The Raiders should be a very interesting team after experiencing some struggles early but really improved late in the year last season. North Farmington is going to be veteran heavy this season. They have their two top players in Sela Lefler and Penelope Creary coming back. Lefler was easily the Raiders top player last season and when she was out injured they really struggled. Coach Jeff Simpson will need others to step up besides Lefler and Creary if they want make some noise in the White. The Raiders have Asiyah Jihad, Eliza Muller, Amarriah Merriweather, Hannah Hart, Sam Hoffer, and Halee Rogers coming back. Simpson is veteran heavy as mentioned. They have a favorable non-conference and district ahead of them. If they can get a consistent third and fourth scorer then North Farmington could be in line for a very good season.
Last Season: 13-9, 8-6 White. Lost 61-32 to Grosse Pointe North in Regional Semifinals.
Top Player: Maleve Nolan-G
Key Player: Avery Wintergarden-G
Wildcard: Sammi Withrow-G/F
Biggest Question: How will the Bears replace Ashley Loon???
INSIGHT: It was a tale of two seasons for the Bears. They were very mediocre throughout the season then the postseason came where Berkley got hot at the right time. They pulled off a shocking upset which sent shock waves through the State when they beat Detroit Renaissance last season. Berkley will be a different team this season. They don’t have Ashley Loon whom has graduated but they have several proven talented players in Jillian Gomes, Maleve Nolan, Avery Wintergarden, Ava Beard, Sammi Withrow, Addison Hambright, and Maddi Bonsall coming back for Coach Cody Feltner. Program strength is a concern however they have a future player to watch in Nadia Watts. Watts could be in a very similar spot as Wintergarden was last season splitting time between junior varsity and varsity. If Feltner can have three programs then it would be a huge deal. It will be a test for the Bears to see how they handle life is without Loon. It will be tough early for Berkley as their volleyball program were in the State Quarterfinals so it may take them a bit to get adjusted to basketball life. The Bears if things go right are a sleeper in the White.
Last Season: 15-5, 13-0 Blue. Lost 45-41 to Groves in District First Round.
Top Player: Shay Manchester-G
Key Player: Anne Boogerian-F
Wildcard: Taylor Hartwig-G
Biggest Question: How will the Maples do in the White???
INSIGHT: The Maples made a ton of strides as a program where they have improved. Seaholm won 15 games which was the most since 2017 but they had an early postseason exit falling to Groves in the first round. There have been some changes for Coach Chris Manchester and his program. They will be in the White after winning the Blue last season. The Maples have a ton of proven experience which always helps going into a tougher division but they have several young players whom haven’t seen varsity experience as well. Seaholm has proven players in Shay Manchester, Anne Boogerian, Taylor Hartwig, Lola Weber, Olivia Davis, Mary Gumbis, Clara Guffey, and Kate Anderson coming back. They have a very tough non-conference schedule which should help when they get into league and postseason play. Program strength is a concern for Manchester. The Maples are more than capable to make the next step even if they have a really tough postseason district awaiting them, it’s the next step as a program.
ROYAL OAK RAVENS
Last Season: 3-18, 2-10 Red. Lost 34-20 to Detroit Renaissance in District First Round.
Top Player: Elly Finch-F
Key Player: Lucy Freytag-G
Wildcard: Anna Waterstredt-F
Biggest Question: Can the Ravens bounce back after a rough year last season???
INSIGHT: It was a very unusual year for the Ravens where they won three games last season. This is something that Coach Brian Sopota wants to correct this season. Royal Oak changed divisions from the Red to the White for the first time since 2015. They followed their traditional defensive principals late in the year. It didn’t give them immediate success record wise but it kept them in games. The Ravens have several proven players in Elly Finch, Lucy Freytag, Anna Waterstredt, Izzy Fairless, Aliana Morello, Emilie Austin, Emmy Walden, and Maddie Lawrence coming back. Sopota could have a sleeper in newcomer Lydia Dickens. Dickens has made a ton of noise this summer and could be varsity ready soon. Program strength looks to be coming back for Sopota. The Ravens are a sleeper in the White, they could be back.
HARPER WOODS PIONEERS
Last Season: 19-3, 12-2 Blue. Lost 53-47 to St. Clair Shores South Lake in District Finals.
Top Player: Mya Duncan-G
Key Player: Kendall Kelsey-G
Wildcard: Cleiara Peterson-G
Biggest Question: How will the Pioneers do in the White???
INSIGHT: It’s now or never for the Pioneers for several reasons. Harper Woods went up in both the division (White) and to Division One (were in Division Two) where they are in a very tough district with three proven powerhouse programs. The Pioneers have a ton of proven experience from a team that won 19 games last season. The schedule will be much tougher than it was for Harper Woods last season. They have Mya Duncan, Kendall Kelsey, Cleiara Peterson, and Lauren Peterson coming back for Coach Paul Allen. Program strength is a big concern for Allen. It’s a very tough division and will feature more travel for the Pioneers but the White also has to come to Harper Woods which could be tough on them.
TROY ATHENS RED HAWKS
Last Season: 6-16, 2-12 White. Lost 63-44 to Troy in District Semifinals.
Top Player: Ellie Musko-G
Key Player: Skyler Emerson-G
Wildcard: Alex Link-G/F
Biggest Question: Is Link ready for a much bigger role this season???
INSIGHT: The Red Hawks really struggled winning six games which was very unusual for a Coach Stacie Klumpp program last season. Klumpp has done a very good job with program strength and she will need to rely on that this season. Troy Athens should be much better especially with Ellie Musko and Skyler Emerson coming back. Musko and Emerson have been very important players for the program in the last two years and will be counted on to lead this team this season. They also have proven experience besides Musko and Emerson in Rebekah Delia, Lily Batzoid, Abby Malone, Fiona Wingblad, and Kayci Mersier coming back for Klumpp. Alex Link is the wildcard. She played some on varsity last season but will be needed to do more this season. If Link can step up and be that third scorer then the Red Hawks could do some damage this season. If there is a team that is need of a bounce back season its Troy Athens.
Last Season: 7-12, 5-9 White. Lost 50-26 to Lake Orion in District First Round.
Top Player: Samantha Blaine-F
Key Player: AuJayna Howard-G
Wildcard: Olivia Marcal-G
Biggest Question: Is Blaine and Howard ready for big time roles this season???
INSIGHT: It was a very interesting transition for the Highlanders which brings more questions than answers. It has been a very long summer where they struggled in the summer leagues. There are a ton of concerns coming into the season for Coach Joe Malburg. Adams lost their two top players in Abbey Drahnak and Maddie Kessman to graduation. Program strength is a big concern. I chatted with Athletic Director Brian Hossler about the girls program few weeks ago. He said that there was some optimism along with very high potential with this freshman class. The Highlanders also have Samantha Blaine, AuJayna Howard, Olivia Marcal, and Taylor Green coming back for Malburg. The non-conference looks very manageable but the transition will be the challenge especially for this freshman class.
EARLY THOUGHTS: The Blue should be very interesting with the teams and storylines that are in this division. Bloomfield Hills. The Blackhawks comes from the White after really struggling last season. Bloomfield Hills should be the favorite in the Blue with the proven experience coming back and the program strength is bouncing back as well. Farmington lost their best player from last season but they are a well-coached program. Ferndale University has built a program in the last few years that has seen some success recently. Pontiac should be improved after having a rough year last season. The Phoenix have really toughen their schedule. Avondale is a team to watch especially losing their two top players to graduation. Ferndale has a new coach but they haven’t been able to have program stability. Oak Park should be better this season after having a rough year scoring a year ago. The Blue should be very interesting as mentioned. We’ll see what happens.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS BLACKHAWKS
Last Season: 3-17, 0-14 White. Lost 55-46 to North Farmington in District First Round.
Top Player: Ruby Smith-F
Key Player: Ashley Forner-G
Wildcard: Brianna Young-F
Biggest Question: How will the Blackhawks do in the Blue???
INSIGHT: The Blackhawks have really struggled but there are some strides that have been made this offseason that there is some optimism for Coach Kristen Massey and her program. Bloomfield Hills has had to rebuild the program from scratch. The rebuild is still ongoing but they have made substantial progress which is a huge credit to the players, coaches, and Massey for turning this program around. The Blackhawks have Ashley Forner, Ruby Smith, Brianna Young, and Grace Main coming back. Smith has had a very strong summer. Program strength looks to be on the rise especially with what is coming in the future. This is a program that is in much better shape than in past years. Bloomfield Hills has a very tough non-conference. They should be in the mix for the Blue crown this season.
Last Season: 13-8, 10-4 Blue. Lost 52-48 in overtime to Livonia Stevenson in District Semifinals.
Top Player: Yasmine Thorpe-G
Key Player: Clarissa Hankins-F
Wildcard: Brooke Farrington-F
Biggest Question: How will the Falcons replace Autumn Bartlett???
INSIGHT: The Falcons have been hot and cold in the last few years. They had a really strong year but a very disappointing outcom where they fell to Livonia Stevenson in the district semifinals last season. Farmington lost their best player (Autumn Bartlett) and seven others to graduation but they should be in the mix in the Blue despite the heavy losses to graduation. The Falcons have Clarissa Hankins, Yasmine Thorpe, Jayla Silver, Annalin Nardelli and Brooke Farrington coming back for Coach Laura Guzman. Program strength appears to be solid. Farmington could surprise some people with their talent and work ethic this season.
FERNDALE UNIVERSITY EAGLES
Last Season: 10-9, 6-8 Blue. Lost 69-47 to Birmingham Detroit Country Day in District Finals.
Top Player: ???
Key Player: ???
Biggest Question: Can the Eagles keep the momentum going???
INSIGHT: The Eagles have kept improving and making strides since entering the OAA under Coach Desdan Hester. Ferndale University made the district finals last season. Program strength is a concern coming into the season. Ferndale University keeps getting the players to believe in their system and it has worked out really well. Hester doesn’t have a star player which makes them that more dangerous. The schedule is a concern for several reasons. Their biggest issue is that they rely too heavily on their non conference schedule to win games. If the Eagles want to take the next step they have to win games in the Blue despite winning six games which was a start last season. The strength of schedule is another concern despite getting the second seed in their district last season. Ferndale University is the wildcard in the Blue but they need to win games in the league if they want to take the next step.
AVONDALE YELLOW JACKETS
Last Season: 10-11, 7-6 Blue. Lost 48-31 to Waterford Kettering in District Semifinals.
Top Player: Lily Titus-G
Key Player: Madison Manyweathers-G
Wildcard: Kailyah Carroll-F
Biggest Question: How will the Yellow Jackets replace their two top scorers from last season???
INSIGHT: Anytime a team loses their two top players from last season it would be a cause of concern and for the Yellow Jackets it might very well be. Coach Roy Christmon will need several players to step up if they want to make strides as a program and replace the production left by Reagan Lawrence and Savannah Schmidt whom both have graduated. Avondale has Lily Titus, Madison Manyweathers, Khila Bradley, Amaria Daniels, Kailyah Carroll, and Takera Williams coming back. Titus and Manyweathers should be their top playmakers but Carroll is a player that could make some noise. Program strength is a major concern for Christmon. The Yellow Jackets could be a team to watch but Christmon needs someone to step up and take the next step.
Last Season: 5-13, 3-9 Blue. Lost 33-30 to Avondale in Districts First Round.
Top Player: ???
Key Player: ???
Biggest Question: Can the Phoenix keep improving???
INSIGHT: The Phoenix have started to make strides under Coach Rawelle Marshall especially late in the year which saw them being more competitive especially in their postseason loss to Avondale last season. Marshall has really toughen up Pontiac’s non-conference schedule should help going forward into the season and prepare them heading into the postseason in which their district has two proven powerhouse Red programs. Program strength is a major concern for Marshall. The program however was in rough shape before Marshall took over and it looks like he has stabilized the program. If the Phoenix can get the numbers back up to where they can get a junior varsity program then it should help in the future. Keeping the momentum going will be the key for Marshall and his program going forward.
Last Season: 1-17, 1-13 Blue. Lost 53-16 to Ferndale University in District Semifinals.
Top Player: Jada Buchanan-G
Key Player: Jalia Martin-F
Wildcard: Jayla Pouncey-F
Biggest Question: Can the Eagles find coaching stability???
INSIGHT: The Eagles have really not have had a ton of stability to sustain success which can be very difficult without program stability. They won one game last season but they started improving late into the season. Ferndale has the talent but they have not had the coaching stability to build the program. The Eagles went back to their former coach in Keith Paris this offseason. Paris went 4-14 in 2019-2020 when Paris coached the program. Ferndale has Jalia Martin, Jada Buchanan, Angel Ajonuma, Jewell Marsh, Briunna Young, Tarriyua Early, and Jayla Pouncey coming back. If the Eagles can find some sort of consistency and build on the program then Ferndale could make some strides not only for this season but also the future as well.
OAK PARK KNIGHTS
Last Season: 2-16, 1-12 Blue. Lost 52-22 to Detroit Mumford in Districts First Round.
Top Player: ???
Key Player: ???
Biggest Question: Can the Knights score enough points this season???
INSIGHT: It was a very challenging season for the Knights last year. Oak Park could not score over 35 points all season. The question for Coach Chantelle Corson and her program will be is can they score enough points to be competitive. Points were a big reason why they won two games and scored 23 and 26 respectively in their wins last season. Program strength is a concern for Corson. If the Knights want to turn things around they need to score points and if they can do that they can turn things around and quick.