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Senior guards expected to lead Marissa-Coulterville ... 11/23/11

Marissa-Coulterville Meteors
Joey Smith (3), Logan Tabor (5), Chazz Phelps (11), Brandon Conway (13), Conner Knope (33), Vince Greer (43), Lucas Baird (45), Austin Place (51) and Troy Neal (55). The team is coached by Dirk Miller and assisted by Matt Espenschied.

One of the top scorers in the area is back for his senior year and will be one of the catalysts for this year’s Marissa-Coulterville basketball squad.
Joey Smith (6’0) averaged 17.9 points a game to go along with three assists, 2.7 steals and shot 72 percent from the free throw line.
“Joey obviously will be expected to run the offense and be our primary playmaker with and without the ball,” said third year head coach Dirk Miller.”
Last year, the Meteors finished the season 10-19 and lost to Trico in the regional semifinals. Senior guard Logan Tabor (5’8) started a handful of games last year, as did junior Austin Place (6’2).
“I expect Logan to have a better year scoring from the outside and taking care of the ball consistently,” said Miller. “Austin will be our center and is expected to take on the rebounding void left by last year’s seniors Kevin Galle and Joey Martin. His touch around the rim has improved and he’ll need to be a scoring threat down low to open things up for our guards.”
Other varsity contributors will include seniors Vince Greer (6’1), Conner Knope (5’10), Troy Neal (6’2) and Brandon Conway (6’2) and juniors Lucas Baird (6’2)  and Chazz Phelps (5’7).
“I think our strengths will be our ability to shoot from outside, score in transition and tenaciously defend,” said Miller.
The Meteors figure to be right in the mix of a very competitive Cahokia Conference Kaskaskia Division race.
“I think the race is wide open with the heavy personnel losses at Steeleville and Lebanon,” said Miller. “With that said, I still expect Lebanon to be up top once again, especially with their returning size and quickness. New Athens also returns a lot of size which always gives us problems. But you can’t count out Steeleville, Valmeyer or Dupo either.”
Miller is looking for his team to finish above .500 and near the top of the conference.
“This is one of the more athletic teams I’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Miller. “But there are a lot of question marks due to our inexperience.”
The Meteors open up the season Monday, November 28 in the Okawville Post Turkey Tournament.