INMAN – It did not go as hoped for the Inman girls basketball team in their season opener on the road at Minneapolis as they lost by 10, 45-35.
When senior forward Kadence Welch went down with an injury, the Lady Teutons lost both senior leadership as well as their leader in the paint and under the basket. Unfortunately, according to head coach Megan Heckel, the injury appears to be severe enough that Welch will be lost for the season.
Coach Heckel, in her post-game reflections, noted, “We were down early but after settling the nerves we came back to tie the game by halftime. Our third quarter was a rough stretch as we let them score 18 points which is way too many. Overall, the girls did a lot of good things, and I was proud of them.”
Highlighting the game for the Lady Teutons was the play of incoming freshmen Kenna Woods and Suttyn Harris, both of whom the coaches referenced in their pre-season comments as possible being keys to the season.
Well Suttyn Harris proved to be to basketball program what she was to the volleyball program and that is – a huge difference maker. All Harris did in her Lady Teuton debut was lead the team in scoring with 16 points while grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out four assists and making two defensive steals.
While not as impressive when it came to scoring, fellow freshman Kenna Woods also made a strong debut with four points scored, five rebounds taken in and swiping a pair of steals on defense.
Next up for the Lady Teutons will be on Tuesday when they tangle with Hillsboro in their first game of the Moundridge Preseason Tournament. Inman will follow that up with playing Lyons on Thursday, and host Moundridge on Friday in the tournament as well.
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