Joppa has new girls coach

The Lady Rangers are front row, from left: Emily Reames, Rachelle Cox, Ava Stephens and Kylee McGonigle. Back row, from left: Coach Heidi Carder, Kalissa Cox, Sky Keeling, Lillie Garner, Jaelyn Marley and Carly Peck.

Heidi Carder has assumed the role of Coach for Joppa's girls basketball program. Carder teaches at Joppa and so is familiar with her kids.

She has almost everyone back from last year but still has basically a "bare bones" roster with eight or nine players. Lily Garner returns in the post and the Cox sisters, Kalisa and Rachelle, are the "Swiss Army knives" on the lady Ranger roster.

Carly Peck will man one of the wing positions and is counted on for rebounding and some scoring. Youngster Ava Stephens has plenty of upside at a guard position but will need to "learn the ropes" in Carder's system. Carder has returnees Sky Keeling, Jaelyn Marley, Kylee McGonigle and Emily Reames to round things out.

While the opening few games of the year have been kind of tough on Joppa, Carder knows it will take some time for things to fall into place.

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