Bethlehem Lady Eagles prepare for flight

While a lot of attention will be paid to Bethlehem's forwards, Olsen and the other Lady Eagle guards should find some openings for taking shots.

"With Meg, she's silent at times. Sometimes, you don't even realize what she's doing out there," said Nealon. "She'll just go about her business and reach double figures in scoring."

Jaci Oskam, Paula Gadomski and Abby Lawlor will also play key roles for Bethlehem this season as the Lady Eagles look to make another run at the Class AA title.

"This year, we're going to challenge ourselves (with tough non-league games) so we're prepared for Sectionals, and there won't be any surprises," said Nealon.

The challenges begin next weekend at the Lady Dutch Holiday Classic as Bethlehem plays Big 10 pre-season favorite Bishop Maginn in the opening round Nov. 28 and Section IV's Horseheads Nov. 29. The Lady Eagles open their Suburban Council schedule Dec. 2 against South Division rival Colonie " one of the teams that Nealon said could challenge for the best record in the league.

"Colonie is going to be very good, and so is Averill Park (in the South Division)," said Nealon. "Shen is going to be tough (in the North Division).""

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