By Gene Phelps

Special to the Gazette

East Union’s sterling reputation in powerlifting sold Chase Brown on accepting the girls basketball head coaching position.

“That was the biggest draw to me,” Brown said. “You’ve got state championship powerlifters on the team. You’ve got a lot of strong individuals. That helps on the defensive end.

“I didn’t know much about the basketball team, except for a few of the girls, but I know they’re athletic. I can work with that. Offense will come, but when you’ve got athletes you can play some defense. We’re going to get after it.”

The former Center Hill girls coach and New Albany boys assistant replaced Charlie Porch in the Lady Urchins’ camp this spring.

Brown has a lot of players returning, which is a plus. The Urchins, who finished 8-17 last season, have a blend of seniors and youth returning.

The floor leader at point guard, Kaitie Boatner, returns. “She’s going to give everything she’s got,” Brown said.

Senior guards Jessie Roberts, Bryanne Dill and Sylvie McVey return. Carrie Wilkinson, a sophomore, is also expected to see playing time.

East Union’s strength will be in the paint. That’s a first for Brown, whose previous teams have been guard oriented.

Hannah White, a 5-foot-10 senior returns inside, along with junior Hope Robbins, sophomore Peyton Wildman and Maggie McVey, an inside-outside player.

“We’re pretty deep in the post area,” Brown said. “We’d like to work the ball inside.”

Robbins’ work during the summer season has impressed the coach. “Hope has played really, really well this summer,” Brown said. “She has a feel for the game. She’s smart, tall and lanky. She will help is this season.”

Brown has used the summer season to prepare his team for the fall.

“I want them to learn and grow as players this summer,” he said. “When August rolls around the real work starts, the fundamental stuff … back cuts, blocking out, getting the rebound. We want to improve and have fun.”

He wants his team to not only win, but win a lot.

“This is the place I want to be. I want to build something,” Brown said. “The goal is to improve every game, be in the mix in the division.”

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