LITTLE RIVER LADY HOOPSTERS COUNTING ON SENIORS!!

By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

LITTLE RIVER – Despite losing three long-term starters and losing in the state regional finals, the Little River girls basketball team has high hopes and expectations for a senior heavy 2019-20 team that begins play in less than a week.

The Lady Redskins will be without three-year starters Kaylie Zimmerman and the Loder ladies, Michelle and Madison, but Head Coach Trey Look returns seven senior players who averaged points, rebounds and assists in the scorebook last season.

While Emma McBride, an All-Wheat State League first-teamer, and Morgan Konen will lead Coach Look’s platoon of seniors, he will also return last year’s super freshman, Lily Boughfman, now a six-foot-one sophomore forward who pulled down five rebounds and scored four points per game in her initial season playing varsity basketball.

Here is our look ahead at the 2019-20 Little River Lady Redskin basketball program:

WHO DOES NOT RETURN THIS SEASON?

  • Kaylie Zimmerman, a four-year starter who was 1st Team All-Wheat State League and an all-state nominee after averaging 12.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Zimmerman now plays for Sterling College.
  • Madison Loder, a three-year starter.
  • Michelle Loder, a three-year starter.

WHO DOES RETURN?

  • Emma McBride, a five-foot-six senior guard who averaged 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game while being named 1st team All-Wheat State League plus being nominee for All-State honors.
  • Morgan Konen, a five-foot-nine senior forward who averaged 4.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
  • Lily Boughfman, a six-foot-one sophomore forward who averaged 4.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.
  • Jaylie Bergkamp, a five-foot-seven senior guard who averaged 3.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 assists per game.
  • Danielle Gadberry, a five-foot-six senior forward who averaged 1.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
  • Mackinze Barta, a five-foot-eight senior forward who averaged 3.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
  • Isabelle Eberle, a five-foot-nine senior forward who averaged 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds per game.
  • Riley Bruce, a five-foot-ten senior forward who averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
  • Mekenzie Renken, a five-foot-seven sophomore guard who averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds per game.

NEWCOMER(S) THAT MAY SEE PLAYING TIME?

  • Leah Ayers, a senior guard.

WHAT DOES COACH TREY LOOK BRING TO THE BENCH?

  • This will be Head Coach Trey Look’s 11th season coaching at Little River, with the past five being the head coach.
  • Coach Look’s overall record as head coach is 42-46.
  • In 2018-19, Coach Look led the Lady Redskins to a 15-7 mark overall and an 8-1 Wheat State League record which was good for second place.
  • In 2018-19 the Lady Redskins closed out their season when they lost in the regional finals.
  • Coach Look’s assistant coach is Chandler Dohe.

WHAT COACH TREY LOOK SAYS ABOUT THE UPCOMING 2019-20 LADY REDSKIN SEASON?

  • When looking back at the 2018-19 season, Coach Trey Look noted, “Last season was a good season for us as we accomplished many goals but just fell short in the regional finals. We also went through a lot of adversity and I believe that will help this team in moving forward for the 2019-20 season.”
  • What is Coach Look’s initial outlook for the 2019-20 season, “Our expectations are high again this season as we had a good season last year but fell just short of our ultimate goal. We did lose four very valuable players which includes Kaylie Zimmerman who is now playing at Sterling College, but we also return an large group of experienced seniors and sophomores that have had years of varsity experience to work from which will be valuable for us this season.”
  • When asked about his expectations for the new season, Coach Look added, “We saw some great improvement over the summer and the girls drive for success is off the charts. We should be well balanced in the area of scoring as we have several guards that can score as well as some great inside post presence.
  • As for those things the team needs to concentrate on, Coach Look concluded by saying, “We will have to figure out our rotations and roles as we have such great depth and that can make it tough. We will need to work together, control the game and limit our turnovers for us to take that next step at the end of the season.”

WHEN DOES THE LADY REDSKIN SEASON BEGIN?

The Little River Lady Redskin hoopsters will kickoff their 2019-20 season on Friday, December 6, with a road trip to Lincoln.

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