It isn’t often that you lose two-thirds of your scoring from the season before and you have high expectations for the next season.
But that is the case with the Western Boone Lady Stars this season.
“Our goals are always the same,” third-year head coach Rich Schelsky said. “We want to win conference and we want to win the sectional and the Sugar Creek Classic.
“We want to have as good of a regular season record as we can and more importantly we want to get better from week to week and not peak too early. Not that we did that last season, but with the way our schedule has changed this year we are going to have to do some different things throughout the year to be able to compete with the great teams on our schedule. That is what we want.
“Our ultimate goal is to win the sectional, and I thought we had a great chance last year and we kind of let it slip away. The same opportunity is there this year, and even though Lebanon is going to be a tremendous team, and there are going to be some other outstanding teams, we feel like we have a shot.
“We have really good athletes, it will just take us a while to gel.”
Western Boone graduated leading scorer Sarah Brewer, who averaged 18.1 points and was the primary ball handler for the Stars.
They also lost 23.0 other points.
The leadership void will be filled by junior center Emily Harrison, who averaged 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds.
“You could tell Emily Harrison was the best player on the court in our scrimmage,” Schelsky said. “Emily has never looked like that. She has had moments like that but has never sustained it throughout an entire game. But you could tell she was a seasoned veteran out there. That is something I am really excited about.
“If you know Em she is a nice, somewhat quiet, unassuming kid, and for her to go out there tonight and be a bulldog and be aggressive and strong for the entire game shows she has matured and the maturation process have evolved. I know she is a tremendous volleyball player, but her upside in basketball is tremendous.
“Before she leaves here she will be one of the better players ever.”
Also returning will be junior Nicole Chance, who averaged 2.9 points and 4.8 rebounds last year.
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.