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Seton Catholic girls ready for next challenge

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Seton Catholic girl's basketball team swept the state of New York last season winning the STAC championship, Section IV title, state championship, and Federation title. Now the Saints are ready for their next challenge. 

"That feeling was amazing, but that's over now, and we need to focus on working hard and getting another one," Seton Catholic senior Hanna Strawn said.

Seton Catholic returns four starters from its state championship team, and these girls haven't stopped balling all off-season. 

"Basketball for me never ends," said Seton Catholic senior Ava McCann. "I play year-round with the rest of them, so it's so fun."

"Basketball doesn't stop," said Seton Catholic junior Marina Maerkl. "It's year-round. We've just been preparing, playing constant AAU, training."

The one missing starter from last season is Lexi Levy, who is now draining three-pointers at Division-I George Washington.

"I think a big question everyone is asking is, 'What are you going to do without her?'" said Strawn. "I think once our team learns we're going to win, but in a different way. She's not replaceable. We're not going to replace her. We're just going to learn to play with what we have."

"I'm hoping that the young ones learned from her last year, and that they are also wondering 'Am I next, who's next up?'" said Seton Catholic head coach Colleen Jayne. "And that they are all going to work hard to get to that spot."

The biggest change for the Saints, a jump up to Class A. 

"We're actually excited about it," said Strawn. "Definitely get to see new teams in sectionals that we haven't seen before, and we're up for the challenge. So, anything that comes at us, we're ready."

Don't think the Saints are satisfied just with last year's success. 

"I think we are really focusing on this year," said Maerkl. "Last year was last year and we're ready for this year."

"As a senior, I am more motivated as ever to defend all our titles, and I'm going to give everything I have this season to my teammates to do it," said McCann.

"More focusing on our this year and trying to leave the past in the past, not necessarily as a bad thing, but as a great thing and trying to live up to it," said Seton Catholic junior Julia Hauer.

Seton Catholic's season starts December 12 against Windsor. 

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