By Chris Parker
Truthful Grove women basketball posted an general report of 12-14 final 12 months, which was the primary time the Eagles completed a season under .500 since 2014.
They’ll look to get again on the opposite aspect of the .500 mark this 12 months with senior main scorer Brooklyn Luna returning. Luna, who has dedicated to play basketball at Missouri Valley, earned first-team all-conference honors final 12 months after scoring 15.5 factors per sport whereas additionally main the staff in assists (4.5 apg) and steals (2.8 spg). She enters her third season because the staff’s start line guard.
“We predict her (Luna) to essentially step up this season and be one among our principal leaders. We all know she is able to scoring and distributing the ball, however we now have actually challenged her to be a high defender and vocal chief for our staff. I do know she is decided to make her senior 12 months the most effective one but. I believe like most seniors she is able to depart all of it on the market on the court docket every day,” Truthful Grove head coach Jenny Talbert stated. “Brooklyn has probably the most varsity expertise of anybody on our staff. She has began at level guard since her sophomore 12 months. Her position has modified a bit annually together with her taking up increasingly duty on every finish of the ground. As a sophomore she was extra of a distributor, final 12 months she was a principal scorer and this 12 months she shall be a principal scorer and defender.”
Sophomore Kameron Inexperienced earned honorable point out all-conference honors as a freshman after she put up 10.2 factors per sport to go along with a team-high 6.5 rebounds per sport.
“Kameron has nice measurement and velocity. She stepped up large for us within the lane. Adjusting to the velocity and physicality of varsity basketball was a troublesome studying curve firstly, however she did an ideal job of figuring issues out and changing into fairly a power for us. She is a fast learner and likes to compete,” Talbert stated. “I believe the 12 months of varsity basketball final season gave her a lot expertise and that may assist her tremendously as we head into this season. She has gotten stronger and improved in lots of areas as properly. We count on her to be an impression participant within the lane on each ends of the court docket, and in addition suppose she is going to have the ability to showcase a few of her expertise outdoors the lane; improved ball dealing with and capturing.”
Lauren Kennard offers Truthful Grove three returning starters. She performed in all 26 varsity video games with averages of 4.3 factors per sport and 4.7 rebounds per sport.
“Lauren gained helpful expertise final 12 months taking part in varsity for her first time. She is a superb teammate and at all times works onerous,” Talbert stated. “Lauren performs some guard and a few ahead for us. She labored on her outdoors capturing and we now have challenged her to essentially get out and run the ground. We really feel that she will be able to do some issues in transition to assist us out. Lauren will proceed to be one among our principal rebounders and defensive stoppers. I’m wanting ahead to seeing her actually excel her senior 12 months.”
Bradi Weaver (5’6 junior guard), Savanna Luna (5’4 sophomore guard), Lauren Thomlinson (5’8 sophomore guard), Jaelah McDannald (5’5 sophomore guard) and Allison Findley (5’4 freshman guard) are all candidates to play a task on varsity. There are different freshmen who might step up as properly.
“From what we labored on over the summer season we plan to be a high-paced high-energy staff. We’ll attempt to get groups taking part in sooner than they need to play. We plan to protect onerous and make groups actually work for his or her factors,” Talbert stated. “I count on us to at all times compete in each sport. I would like us to be a staff identified for enjoying onerous and gritty. I would like us to enhance with each follow and with each sport.”
Truthful Grove opens the season on Nov. 24 at house towards Mountain Grove.