With over 90-percent of their scoring back from last year, the Frazee girls' basketball team enters the 2011-12 season with higher expectations.
The big trio returning for the Lady Hornets are all entering their third year on the varsity, which include juniors Alexis Tappe, Ashley Bachmann and senior McKinzie Tangen.
All three provide a strong scoring presence, as Tappe was one of the team's leading scorers, while Bachmann has drained 109 three-point shots the last two seasons.
Sophomore Taylor Tappe returns will solid experience at the post position, while junior Katie McCorquodale is back in the backcourt.
"We are expecting much of our scoring to come from Alexis, Ashley and McKinzie," said Frazee head coach Dave Conzemius. "They will be providing lots of leadership."
Alexis Tappe and Tangen will each see time at point guard, while they also can play post to provide that ever-important inside-outside duo threat capability.
With the Lady Hornets being more athletic and quicker, than possessing size, Conzemius is hoping for more of an up-tempo style of game this season.
"We hope to have a faster pace and the ability to throw some full-court pressure on opponents," the Frazee coach added.
Even though Taylor Tappe is only a 5-5 post, she has a knack of being at the right spot and the right time, Conzemius said.
"Really, I'm not worried about our height, because we are a good rebounding team."
The big factor this season will be installing a killer instinct into the team, with the ability to finish off games.
"In the past, we have had a tendency to build a lead and then relax and let the other team back into the game," Conzemius said.
But with Alexis Tappe and Tangen each taking care of the ball from the point guard position, turning the ball over should be lessened overall.
Defense has also been a point of emphasis for the Lady Hornets, as the first week of practice proved.
"The first four days, we did nothing but work on defense," Conzemius said. "We want to improve our full-court pressure and man-to-man defense."
Depth is also a strength, with juniors Heidi Seeger, Jeni Bergstrom and senior Brianna Nelson all being an integral part of the team.
Freshmen Josi Tappe and Kennady Barlund will even inject some playing time and players who can also run the floor.
With the experience and depth being solid, Conzemius wants to see his team take the next step and post a winning record this year, despite playing in a very rugged Heart O'Lakes Conference.
"We would like to earn a high seed in the playoffs and not be a one-and-done team," Conzemius added.