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Returnees Emma Graetz and Ratka Karac will lead the way for the Greenfield girls basketball team in the 2016-17 season.

Graetz, the daughter of coach Rob Graetz and a 5-foot-10-inch sophomore guard/small forward, led the Hustlin' Hawks in scoring last season at 12.5 points per game and received second-team all-Woodland Conference East Division honors.

Graetz drew plenty of fouls last season and converted her opportunities, hitting 70 percent at the free-throw line.

Karac, a 6-0 sophomore center, was second in scoring at 8.9 points per outing and led Greenfield in rebounding to earn honorable-mention all-division.

Sophia Valero, a 5-10 junior guard/forward, is also back after averaging 7.2 points, leading the Hawks in steals and finishing second behind Karac in rebounding.

Greenfield is young, with just three seniors on the roster: forward Sarah DeLeon, guard Meghan Fularczyk and forward/center Olivia Faleta. Fularczyk and Faleta each averaged about three points last season.

"We also have a few new faces that I think will really help us on both ends of the floor," coach Graetz said.

With nine players standing 5-8 or more, the Hawks will boast more team height than in past seasons.

"We're much longer than what we've been in the past," the coach said, "so we're hoping that helps us both on the rebounding portion of the game and from a defensive positioning standpoint."

The Hawks will try to improve on an 8-15 record last season, including 4-12 in the Woodland Conference.

Greenfield opened the season at Oconomowoc on Nov. 15 and will next play at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Milwaukee Vincent.

The Woodland season begins at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Wauwatosa West.

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