* Shelby Barrett, Willard, sr. – A returning senior contributor for coach Mike Percival’s team, the 5-7 guard should help lead the Lady Tigers.
* Kallie Bildner, Waynesville, soph. – One of the better young players in the Ozark Conference, Bildner scored 14 points and averaged 8 rebounds per game as a freshman. She’s already a solid rebounder and scorer for coach Brittany Matlock and is working on expanding her game.
* Hannah Bland, Waynesville, sr. – The leader of the Lady Tigers, Bland scored 11 points per game last season. She’s a quick defender, solid rebounder and scorer.
* Aubrey Buckley, Parkview, sr. – The 6-1 Missouri State signee averaged 23.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game last season, and is the cornerstone of an emerging Parkview program. She has great touch and knocks down her free throws. She also finishes strong even when fouled around the basket.
* Mikalyn Callahan, Lebanon, so. – A 5-9 undersized post player, Callahan can handle the ball and shoot. She creates mismatches against other inside players.
* Leann Cody, Central, sr. – The workhorse for coach Callie Newton, Cody is a three-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs. She’s a 5-8 post player and matches up with taller post players. She led the Lady Bulldogs in rebounding last year and makes hustle plays throughout the game.
* Madison Collier, Rolla, sr. – A solid offensive player, the 5-8 player has a nice and steady offensive post game for coach Bryce Swafford.
* Chelsey Henry, Neosho, jr. – Entering her third year as a valuable varsity contributor, Henry has dedicated herself to getting better and should improve upon her 9-point and 6-rebound averages from a year ago.
* Mallory Kurtz, Willard, jr. – A tough defensive player and standout athlete for Willard, the 5-9 junior should expand her scoring role as leader Amber Percival has graduated.
* Jordan Laughling, Waynesville, sr. – Another leader for Waynesville, the inside-outside player has worked hard to expand her game.
* Shannon McCaul, Rolla, sr. – The point guard is good at seeing the floor, demonstrates great hustle and will push the ball for the Lady Bulldogs, who were 10-15 last season.
* Tyra Moore, Parkview, jr. – One of Springfield’s best athletes, she will push the ball and run the offense for coach Keri Nichols’ team. Moore has also expanded her shooting abilities, which should keep defenses honest on Buckley.
* Gabrielle Otte, Rolla, sr. – A quick defensive player, Otte should knock down more shots this year for Rolla. The 5-8 wing also could get mismatches in the post, and should continue her strong rebounding.
* Morgan Rogers, Neosho, jr. – The 6-2 junior has the ability to block and alter shots, freeing Neosho perimeter defenders to be more aggressive. She has recovered from a summer ankle surgery and is back ready to go for coach Lance Robbins’ team.
* Savannah Rush, Central, sr. – The shooting guard led Central in scoring and 3-point shooting last season. She is a hard worker and team leader on the floor. She’s also a great student at Central, and stands out in many ways for the Lady Bulldogs.
* Mariah Stewart, Willard, jr. – Willard’s most experienced returning post player, Stewart will be joined in the frontcourt by 6-foot juniors Ali Perry and Raven Mammah, who both have shown potential.
* Bailey Taylor, Joplin, jr. – Coach Dustin Larsen’s leading scorer last year with 11 points per game, Taylor is one of five returning starters for the Eagles.
* Maggie Vaughan, Lebanon, jr. – The leader of the Lebanon defense, the aggressive defensive player can also knock down shots.
* Jaslyn Williams, Central, so. – Started at point guard as a freshman last season, and can get to the basket when she wants. Her quickness could be a good building block for a fine sophomore year.
* Kelsey Winfrey, Lebanon, fr. – Should step on to the area scene and be a leader from day one for coach Brendan Kelley. She has a greater skill set than most incoming freshmen, the coach says.