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Guard Haley Greer

Greer made a quick impact for Deerfield, starting on varsity as a freshman. One of the Warriors’ top scorers last year, Greer is looking to take another step forward.

“I think it says a lot about her that she was able to step in right away,” coach Mike Muldrow said. “She’s one that I’m excited to see how she takes the year of experience.”

Greer was excited about the upcoming season now that she feels comfortable with the offense and the system.

“Everybody worked really hard in the offseason,” she said. “I know I have a better feel of what the coaches want and being able to read the floor better.”

Guard Margot Sylvan

Like Greer, Sylvan was a big contributor as a freshman for Deerfield. She was also one of the team’s top scorers.

“She’s been working on her jump shot and it’s really impressive,” Greer said. “She’s always so good and consistent.”

Like he is with Greer, Muldrow said he was excited to see what Sylvan did in the offseason.

“We felt really young last season,” he said. “And we still are going to count on some young players this year, but I’m excited to see how they use the experience from last year to get better this season.”

Guard Katie Hoffmann

As a senior captain, Muldrow credits Hoffmann for being one of the team’s best defensive players. Greer said Hoffmann has been putting in a lot of work in the offseason to improve and that it is providing an example for the underclassmen.

“She really wants to go out on a strong note,” Greer said. “She’s a hard worker and a leader.”

Greer added that along with Hoffman’s leadership and experience, her overall attitude has the team eager to make sure she goes out on a high note.

“We all just want to play hard for the seniors,” she said. “We want to give them the year they deserve.”

They are going to be very good. Possibly top three in the conference given they are returning two good players in [Haley Greer] and [Margot Sylvan]. Those two are extremely quick and are both good shooters. They have real potential this year.

2012-13 record: 9-18, 6-4 CSL North

2013 playoffs: Lost in Class 4A regional quarterfinal to Hoffman Estates

Head coach: Mike Muldrow, 12th season

Projected starting five: so. G Margot Sylvan, sr. G Katie Hoffmann, so. G Haley Greer, sr. F Emelia Karkazis, sr. F Monica Fishbein

Game to watch: Highland Park at Deerfield, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Deerfield stunned rival Highland Park — the CSL North champion — in the team’s second meeting last year to earn a split of the season series.

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