COACH KESSLER RETURNS TO LEAD MOUNDRIDGE LADY HOOPSTERS!

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

MOUNDRIDGE – It will be a new coach providing an old approach for the Moundridge High girls basketball program in 2019-20 as Vicky Kessler returns to the bench to lead the Lady Wildcats.

Coach Kessler previously led the Lady Wildcat program for four years ending in 2014-15 in which she had recorded an 82-17 record overall, but now returns to a program she says will have to adjust to a new system and new coaching staff.

Here is our look ahead to the 2019-20 season for the Moundridge Lady Wildcat basketball program:

WHO DOES NOT RETURN THIS SEASON?

  • Ellen Durst
  • Karla Helms
  • Keira Sebrant

WHO DOES RETURN?

  • Starter – Kourtney Kaufman, a five-foot-nine junior who earned 1st Team All-Heart of America and Class 1A Honorable Mention All-State in 2018-19.
  • Starter – Katie Stucky, a five-foot-six senior
  • Starter – Erin Durst, a five-foot-four junior who earned Honorable Mention All-Heart of America in 2018-19.
  • Starter – Kate Eichelberger, a six-foot sophomore.

NEWCOMER(S) THAT MAY SEE PLAYING TIME?

  • Alea Durst, a five-foot-four junior.
  • MaKenzie Elmore, a five-foot-five junior.
  • Myiah Logue, a five-foot-six junior.

WHAT DOES COACH VICKY KESSLER BRING TO THE BENCH?

  • Vicky Kessler returns to the bench as Head Coach of the Lady Wildcats for her fifth season after previously coaching them for four seasons, ending in 2014-15.
  • Coach Kessler will be assisted by Suzanne Hetzke.
  • Overall, Coach Kessler had a record of 82-17 in her previous four years of coach the Lady Wildcats.
  • The Lady Wildcats were 14-8 last season with a mark of 6-3 in Heart of America League games.

WHAT COACH VICKY KESSLER SAYS ABOUT THE UPCOMING 2019-20 LADY WILDCAT SEASON?

  • What will be the biggest need for the 2019-20 season? According to new Head Coach Vicky Kessler, “The team will have to quickly adjust to a new coaching staff and system.
  • What does the coaching staff expect of the Lady Wildcats? Coach Kessler noted, “While we will miss the leadership of last year’s senior, we will expect and need to develop that same leadership quickly with this year’s Lady Wildcats. The girls will have to be ready to compete day in and day out due to a tough schedule.”
  • What does the schedule, league and Class 2A state prospects look like? Coach Kessler concluded her pre-season reflection by saying, “Our pre-season tournament always hosts strong competition, along with our Heart of America League competitors and a solid mid-season tournament we are scheduled to compete in at Haven. As for the HOA, I expect Sterling, Inman, Berean Academy and Hutchinson Trinity to be the teams to rise to the top while Sterling along with Garden Plain seem to be the best of Class 2A heading into the season.”

WHEN DOES THE LADY WILDCATS BEGIN THEIR 2019-20 SEASON?

  • The Lady Wildcats will begin the 2019-20 season on Friday, December 6, in front of the home folks when they play host to the Elyria Christian Lady Eagles.

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