Finishing with a 16-6 record last season, the Baxter Springs Lady Lions plan to go beyond 16 wins this year. This might be a big step considering the Lady Lions graduated five seniors last year. With the turnover of the roster and no seniors on the squad, Coach Cory White mentioned that four girls will have to provide the leadership. Returning starter 5’ 9” junior Kassity Shafer is back underneath. Junior 5’ 9” Abbey Underhill was the first player off the bench last and excelled on defense, and will move to the point guard. Junior 5’ 8” Kalynn Tavin has played since her freshman year. At 6’ 0” newcomer Chloe Wilson is currently medically ineligible. Coach White and the Lady Lions hope to have her back by season end.
Three sophomores will finish out the varsity mix. As the leading scorer as a freshman, 5’ 11” Delaney Barnes was chosen on the second team CNC League. Having to replace the guard play, 5’5” Kaytlyn Glidwell, and 5’ 6” Madison Burton will playing out front.
With 10 freshman out Coach White, along with his assistants Alayna Von Moss and Chelsea Woodring, will probably count on some them getting varsity time.
Last year the Riverton Lady Rams finished with a 5-16 record. They lost 10 games by less than 10 points. Head basketball coach C.J. August says of this season’s squad: "It’s the best team we have had since I’ve been here."
This is Coach August’s fourth year leading the Lady Rams, along with assistants Adam Thomasson and Jessica Tabor. The Lady Rams have four seniors: Neali Weaver 5’6”, 5’ 11” Kimmi Qualls, 5’ 9” Jamee Compton, and 5’ 10” Jurnee Adams.
Without any juniors on the team Coach August said the sophomores, "Will have to step up." Danielle Weaver 5’ 6”, 5’ 6” Matti Price, 5’ 8” Zoey Mitchell, 5’ 6” Madisyn Gipson, and 5’ 8” Camyrn Compton "Were tossed in the fire last as freshman."
"We had a great summer. The ladies really play well together. We have been working a lot on ball handling. I believe we will have a very good season, and the Ram faithful will be pleased."
"Our seniors finally got older," said Coach Preston Scarrow of the Galena Lady Bulldogs. The six lady seniors have played together since they were freshmen and are ready for their final season. One thing hasn’t change from the last few years said Coach Preston Scarrow, "We’re still height challenged."
Paige Jensen at 5’4” received second team honors last year in the CNC League. Fellow seniors are 5’ 3” Lindsey Dixon, 5’ 4” Meaghan Flowers, 5’ 3” Kayla McNemar, 5’ 6” Cadie-Marie Stapleton, and 5’ 7” Jara Thrower. Juniors Madi Cox 5’ 5” and 5’ 8” Emerson Johnson had plenty of varsity time last year.
Coach Scarrow finished his preseason interview with: "Our summer season was probably the best we have had since I have been coach. We’re looking for a great season with our six seniors."
Columbus had an impressive season last year, finishing 16-5. Losing several key players to graduation is likely why the Lady Titans were picked six out of seven for 2017-18, in the preseason coaches poll. The young squad will be put to the test right from the start, traveling to Galena for their season-opener on Friday, Dec. 1.