A look at the players to watch on the Class 1 and 2 girls' basketball scene

A look at the players to watch on the Class 1 and 2 girls' basketball scene


A look at the players to watch on the Class 1 and 2 girls' basketball scene


* Casy Askins, New Covenant, soph. — Was a breath of fresh air in a tough season last year, averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds per game.

* Mary Bergmann, Dadeville, sr. — The 5-foot-4 guard was an all-state player, according to the coaches’ association, and led the Lady Bearcats in scoring, assists and steals last season.

* Madi Brethower, Skyline, soph. — Was the second-leading scorer for the Lady Tigers as a freshman and will be looking to increase her 8.4-point average.

* Randi Deckard, Seymour, sr. — Deckard averaged 14 points per game last season and had five double-doubles, often coming off the bench for an experienced team.

* Jaycie Dishman, Marionville, soph. — The 5-foot-8 forward is a very tough, physical player for coach Ted Young, and is a crucial cog for the Lady Comets, who hope to get back to state.

* Dana Graves, Weaubleau, sr. — Graves is a super athlete who can play inside and out for coach Brian Gardner.

* Kenna Greenway, Galena, jr. — The primary ball-handler and leader for coach Joshua Loveland’s team.

* Heather Harman, Walnut Grove, jr. — The point guard has already scored 1,000 points and earned most every award you can get — and she’s just halfway through her career. It remains to be seen if she can lift the Lady Tigers to a state title, though.

* Lexi Harman, Walnut Grove, jr. — Heather’s cousin, Lexi would be the best player on nearly every Class 1 team in the state. After suffering a knee injury her freshman year, Harman should be 100 percent this year and her game could go to new heights.

* Maddie Hursh, Chadwick, jr. — She hit 95 3-pointers last season and is one of the top shooters around. Will need to score more with the graduation loss of Jamie Hale.

* Lori Kleier, Hurley, sr. — The only senior should be a vocal leader and key player for new coach Vicki Spivy.

* Cailyn Long, Sparta, soph. — She averaged 21.1 points per game in an eye-opening freshman season, and will end up scoring loads of points before she’s done at Sparta.

* Jessica McAdams, Miller, sr. — McAdams is a good building block for a program trying to improve upon a six-win season.

* Desiree McDonald, Golden City, sr. — The 5-foot-1 guard has quickness and experience, and has earned her share of honors over the years.

* Maggie McMenamy, Crane, sr. — A two-year All-Southwest Central League player for coach Jeremy Mullins, she is one of the leading rebounders around, grabbing 8.7 per game last year.

* Kailey Morris, Mansfield, soph. — Morris will handle the ball and be the primary scorer for coach Gary Greene.

* Tayler Murray, Spokane, sr. — Murray has improved every year and, if she can build up a strong junior season, the 5-foot-9 post player could help Spokane improve.

* Kelsey Nau, Greenwood, jr. — A very well-balanced player for coach Kent Hedgpeth, Nau should improve upon her 9.6-point average from last year.

* Ashley Newell, Climax Springs, sr. — The 5-foot-6 versatile player recorded a triple-double last year and three double-doubles.

* Hatti Owens, Fordland, sr. — A three-year starter for coach Kevin McDaris, she will be asked to score and handle the point guard position this year.

* Kylie Painter, Morrisville, sr. — Painter had offseason surgery on her foot and should have a big season in her fourth year as a starter for the Lady Panthers.

* Krysta Perkins, Hermitage, sr. — Perkins is the main outside shooting threat for coach Shane Salmon .

* Mallori Rein, Norwood, sr. — The 5-foot-6 senior has a nice mid-range game and will provide leadership for a young team.

* Nicole Sprenkle, Liberal, jr. — Was a role player last year for a talented team, but will need to score more and handle the point for coach Brandi Goodell.

* Kaitlyn Taylor, Osceola, soph. — Was the team’s second-leading scorer as a freshman and will be a team leader as a sophomore.

* Josie Young, Marionville, soph. — Young scored 20 points per game last season, and proved she’s one of the state’s top young talents during a run to Class 2 state.

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