INMAN GIRLS HAVE EXPERIENCE, DEPTH TO PLAY WITH!
By William for http://www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
INMAN – Despite having an 18-4 mark for the 2018-19 season, the Inman girls’ basketball team was unable to earn a return trip back to the state Class 2A tournament like they did at the end of the previous season.
Lady Teuton Head Coach Bill Maurer has a bunch of returnees which he will hopefully be able to blend together well enough to have a season that will result in a return visit to the state tournament in March.
WHO DOES NOT RETURN THIS SEASON?
- Macy DeWitt
- Olivia Clark
- Kamryn Herren
WHO DOES RETURN?
- Starter – Rachel Harman, a six-foot senior center who earned 2nd team All-HOA in 2018-19, averaged 6.2 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and 3 blocked shots per game. Rachel set a new school record for blocked shots in a season.
- Starter – Lauren Maurer, a five-foot-nine senior forward who earned honorable mention All-HOA in 2018-19, averaged 6.2 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game.
- Starter – Dantlie Raney, a five-foot-five junior guard who earned 2nd team All-HOA in 2018-19, averaged 5.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game and 4.5 steals per game (a new school record).
- Letter Winner – Ashtyn Schroeder, a five-foot-five senior guard.
- Letter Winner – Raegan Neufeld, a five-foot-eight junior forward.
- Letter Winner – Emma Froese, a five-foot-five senior guard.
- Letter Winner – Reagan Brake, a six-foot sophomore center.
- Letter Winner – Hannah Martisko, a five-foot-eight sophomore guard.
NEWCOMER(S) THAT MAY SEE PLAYING TIME?
- Fiona McClain, a five-foot-six sophomore guard.
- Kadence Welch, a five-foot-seven freshman forward.
- Maci Neufeld, a five-foot-eight freshman guard.
WHAT DOES COACH MAURER BRING TO THE BENCH?
- This will be Coach Maurer’s seventh season at the helm of the Lady Teutons.
- In 2018-19 he guided the Lady Teutons to an 18-4 overall mark and a 7-2 record in Heart of America League games.
- Coach Maurer is 72-81 overall at Inman.
- The last time Coach Maurer guided the Lady Teutons to the Class 2A state tournament was in 2018.
WHAT COACH MAURER SAYS ABOUT THE UPCOMING 2019-20 TEUTON SEASON?
- “We lost some really good seniors who meant a lot to our program, but we also return four seniors who are ready and willing to lead our team.”
- “Including the returning seniors, we have eight players with varsity level experience while we will also be bringing in another very talented freshman class.”
- “Senior Rachel Harman has established herself as one of the best interior players in the Heart of America League last year and has worked incredibly hard on her perimeter game over the summer. Rachel is a force on the defensive end, setting a new school record last season for blocked shots and we expect her to increase both her scoring and rebounding numbers from last season as she is poised to have an incredible senior year.”
- “Senior Lauren Maurer is returning for her fourth season on our varsity team. She is an outstanding perimeter shooter and has worked hard to improve her ball handling and passing skills. Lauren led our team last in both three-point and free throw shooting percentages. WE are expecting her to have an outstanding senior season.”
- “Dantlie Raney is coming off one of the finest defensive seasons in our school history as she established a new school record for steals while being one of the best defensive players in the whole area. Her quick athleticism and quick hands make her an elite ball defender, while Dantlie spent time in the off-season working on her offensive game and has much improved her perimeter shooting over last year.”
- “Ashtyn Schroeder will be making the jump to a full-time starting position this season after battling back from a serious knee injury during her sophomore season. Ashtyn brings a lot of energy to the floor and is yet another good shooter from three-point range as well as being very effective attacking the basket.”
- “Emma Froese will take over as the point guard this season and we have very high expectations for her. Emma has the ability to see the floor in transition and is working hard to continue developing her perimeter jump shot.”
- “The overall strength of our team again this season will be our depth and we hope to use that depth to our advantage and maintain constant defensive pressure on our opponents. The Heart of America League will be extremely competitive again this season as Sterling brings almost everyone back from a team that finished as the state runner-up, while Moundridge, Trinity and Berean Academy will again have very talented teams as well.”
- “It should be an exciting season for us, and our girls are looking forward to going out and competing. Our goal for this season is the same as previous seasons – to work hard and get better every day in practice.”
The Lady Teutons will open the 2019-20 season on Friday, December 6, when they play host to Goessel.
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