By Jordan Burton (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
Jennifer Perryman is beginning her seventeenth season at Nixa, eight of which she’s been the top coach, and the Girl Eagles have one of many strongest younger cores they’ve had in her tenure.
Coming off a 14-13 season, don’t be fooled by the document. The backcourt duo of juniors Ali Kamies and Rhianna Gibbons, in addition to senior do-it-all returner Katie Kamies – in addition to a proficient crop of newcomers – makes this one of the vital intriguing rosters within the COC.
Ali Kamies was an All-COC choice as a sophomore and is quickly ascending up recruiting boards of D1 and D2 applications. Her 14 factors and three steals per sport as a sophomore had been only a glimpse of what she’s able to.
“I’ve watched Ali intently over the previous couple of years and her success final yr was no shock,” mentioned Perryman. “I nonetheless assume her ceiling could be very excessive and can proceed to develop her sport. She’s loads stronger than folks notice and that makes her powerful to protect.”
Classmate Gibbons additionally returns after averaging 9 factors as a sophomore.
“Rhi is among the most expert gamers within the space,” mentioned Perryman. “She has a pure really feel for the sport. Her guard play on each ends of the ground will decide the tempo of the sport.”
The elder Kamies, Katie, is among the most original gamers within the Ozarks. Her scoring numbers don’t leap off the web page, however the 5-foot-9 wing is among the greatest defenders in Missouri. As a junior she averaged eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. She additionally earned a spot on the COC’s All-Defensive group.
“Katie is among the most versatile gamers within the space; she continues to be an integral a part of the success of our group,” mentioned Perryman. “She is so athletic and works tougher than most individuals on the court docket. These qualities mixed along with her bodily and psychological energy make her such a menace defensively. Her potential to protect any place makes her so versatile.”
Seniors Adelyn Weaver and Emma Vincent add versatility and athleticism. Sophomore Norah Clark is a paint presence at 6-feet tall. Her size and athleticism allowed her to assist Nixa make one other postseason run in volleyball.
Perryman can also be extraordinarily enthusiastic about her newcomers.
Junior Macie Conway will likely be one of many prime gamers within the Ozarks this season. As a sophomore, she averaged 16 factors per sport and earned All-Ozark Convention honors for Kickapoo.
She’ll fill an instantaneous want for the Girl Eagles, who shot simply 29 p.c as a group final yr.
“Macie will play an enormous half in our program,” mentioned Perryman. “She matches our type of play and can excel in our system on each ends of the ground. She brings a whole lot of expertise and expertise to our group.”
Freshmen Sadie Conway, Lily Mahy and Jacy Bray can even compete for rotational minutes with talents that far exceed their expertise ranges.
Nixa received’t be huge, which is one thing that Perryman has grown accustomed to during the last a number of years, however this has the potential to be one of the vital athletic groups in latest reminiscence.
The schedule received’t do them any favors, with non-conference matchups that includes West Plains, Kickapoo, Fayetteville (Ark.) and Columbia Battle. The hope is that the group might be enjoying their greatest basketball heading into the month of February.
“This has by no means been about our document,” mentioned Perryman. “This has at all times been about challenges and getting ready our women for actual life battles. I consider that being a Class 5 faculty within the COC, our schedule ought to mirror that.
“With the shortage of measurement now we have, we should make up for in pace and tempo of play. We should defend within the put up and our guards should make rebounding a precedence. And, and now we have to hit pictures.”
Nixa will open the 2020-21 season on Nov. 24 at Parkview. The Girl Eagles received’t play at house till Jan. 5.