By William

LITTLE RIVER – While it may not have been as successful overall as they had hoped, the Little River girls’ basketball team still found several successes during the 2019-20 season despite finishing just 13-10 overall and 6-3 in Wheat State League games.

“I’m very proud of this team,” noted Lady Redskin Head Coach Trey Look during his post-season reflections. “We had a successful season, just not as successful as we had hoped but we played some very good teams this year and I thought we competed well.”

The Lady Redskins did have some highlight moments during the season, like when they placed second in a tough Goessel Tournament, ended up third in the Hilltop Classic at Great Bend and then ending the season as the Class 1A regional runner-up.

“Those were some of the goals that we had set for ourselves especially making sub-state,” continued Coach Look. “Along with every team you will have your struggles and we had ours. We struggled with turnovers which I believe cost us some games that we should have won. But we grew from those games and continued to improve and battle with each game we played.”

Two Lady Redskins found themselves earning post-season honors as senior Emma McBride concluded her Little River career by being names first team All-Wheat State League while also making All-State Class 1A Honorable Mention by Sports in Kansas. Lily Boughfman, just a sophomore, also earned first team All-Wheat State League honors plus All-State Class 1A Honorable Mention with both Sports in Kansas and the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Referencing the two Lady Redskins making post-season honors, Coach Look said, “Emma (McBride) and Lily (Boughfman) were a huge part of our success. These two either led or were in the top three in every statistical category for us. A lot of our offense was run through these two while they were also leaders and just great young ladies.”

Among the team leaders for the season were:

  • Emma McBride, senior – McBride led the team in scoring by averaging 10.0 points per game while also leading the team in three-pointers made with 32 and steals with 41. McBride also pulled down a total of 86 rebounds, with 68 of those coming on the defensive end of the court.
  • Lily Boughfman, sophomore – Boughfman was second on the team in scoring by hitting for 8.5 points per game while leading the team in rebounds with 174 of which 111 came on the defensive end of the game. Boughfman also led the team in shooting by hitting on 47% of her shots from the field and in blocked shots with 34.

Looking toward next season the Lady Redskins will have to replace a whopping eight seniors that will include McBride, Morgan Konen, Jaylie Bergkamp, Mackinze Barta, Riley Bruce, Leah Ayers, Danielle Gadberry and Isabelle Eberle who missed all but four games this season due to an injury.

The 2020-21 Lady Redskins will be young and built around Lily Boughfman, Mekenzie Renken, Amaya Sneath and Madison Collins who will all be juniors. Five freshman girls will also look to contribute more in their sophomore season with those being Victoria Norez, Mea DeBaere, Kayla Fox, Mikayla Goering and Courtney Stansbury.

The biggest change for the Lady Redskins next season will be the coaching position as Coach Look will not be returning.

Coach Look concluded his post-season reflections by adding, “The big news for next season will be that I will not be returning as the coach next season as I resigned a couple of weeks ago. But I will say this about the returning girls, they are a bright and competitive bunch that will work hard to lead and improve every day. They all get along and will be great leaders for the incoming eighth graders. While they will have to transition to a new Coach, I know they will work hard and become very successful.”


Points Scored Leaders: Emma McBride – 231; Lily Boughfman – 195; Mackinze Barta – 87; Jaylie Bergkamp – 86; Riley Bruce – 64; Mekenzie Renken – 59; Morgan Konen – 54.

Points Per Game Leaders: Emma McBride – 10.0; Lily Boughfman – 8.5; Mackinze Barta – 3.8; Jaylie Bergkamp – 3.7; Riley Bruce – 2.9.

Leaders in Field Goal %: Lily Boughfman – 47%; Riley Bruce – 41%; Emma McBride – 36%.

Leaders in 3-Pointers Made: Emma McBride – 32.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Lily Boughfman – 174 (63/111); Mackinze Barta – 89 (46/43); Emma McBride – 86 (18/68); Morgan Konen – 65 (30/35); Jaylie Bergkamp – 54 (16/38).

Leader in Assists Per Game: Mekenzie Renken – 2.4; Morgan Konen – 1.7.

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