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Girls’ hoops aimed at state

There’s no hiding the fact that the 2015-16 season is one of high expectations for the Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball team. 
Eight months removed from a Section 2AA North subsectional loss to St. Peter that ended their season, the Panthers return several integral pieces of a team that went 15-13 overall and 8-6 in the brutal Wright County Conference West last season. 
“I believe we should compete for a section title,” coach Jeff Monahan said. 
Monahan, who ascended to the head coaching position for the GSL varsity after Zach Otto-Fisher took an assistant coaching position with the University of Wisconsin-Superior womens’ basketball team last summer, believes that the Panthers return the kind of talent that could fuel a run to the team’s first state appearance since 1998.
“I think people look at what we have coming back and believe that we’re section contenders,” Monahan said. 
Monahan’s daughters, Maddie and Mckenna, are both back for the Panthers this season – with Maddie having become the team’s all-time leading scorer last winter. 
For more on this story, see the Nov. 16 issue of the Chronicle.