Led by a pair of all conference performers and a strong cast of underclassmen, the Scotland County Lady Tigers basketball team will look to build on a 15-8 record a season ago that ended in a defeat in the district championship game.
Seniors Micah Cooley and Katie Feeney will lead the team as it looks to return to the state playoffs. Cooley was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 10.9 points per game while also grabbing a team-best 5.7 rebounds per contest. Feeney averaged 6.4 points per game and also was second on the team with 60 steals.
After handling the point guard duties last year, Katie will likely cede those duties to her sister Hannah. The younger Feeney saw plenty of action as a freshman last year, averaging 5.2 points per game while shooting a team-best 33% from three-point range and dishing out a team-high 59 assists.
Hannah Feeney will fill one of the starting roles vacated by graduates Maddie Bondurant, Khloe Hamlin and Kaylyn Anders.
Coach Cory Shultz will be getting back junior Kylee Stott, who missed all but eight games last season with a knee injury. She will return to the starting lineup where she will be a key cog in SCR-I’s relentless full-court pressure that Shultz hopes to deploy full-time in 2019-20. Stott was averaging 5.1 points and a team-best 3.9 steals per contest before the injury.
Sophomore Emiley Dial will be taking over for Anders at the forward position. She will bring the same tenacity on defense that Anders did while adding a three-point threat to go along with the post play. Dial averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in a reserve role a season ago.
SCR-I will have to make up for the nearly 18 points and 10 rebounds a contest contributed by the three senior graduates.
Shultz should have the depth to do it, starting with a pair of juniors Morgan Blessing and Kilee Bradley- Robinson to go along with sophomores Aayla Humphrey, Abby Curry and Alaina Whitaker.
SCR-I finished fourth in the Lewis and Clark Conference a season ago and will look to move up in the standings this year.
Conference champs Paris will return center Tori Hamilton but will have to replace all conference players Allison Moore and Delaney Miller.
Knox County finished second in the league and knocked off SCR-I in the district title. The Lady Eagles will miss Sidney Miller and Savannah Mauck but will have center Riley Strange to lead the way.
Salisbury may be the pre-season favorites in the conference, returning a trio of all conference players in Bryn Wooldridge, Khloe Wyatt and Brooke Stefankiewicz.
Fayette will be able to lean on first team all conference performer Abbey Conrow and Marceline will be in a similar position with Kenzie Stahl.
Harrisburg, led by Emma Barton and Schuyler County, behind MaKinley Aeschliman, will look to move up in the league standings while Westran will look to improve as well following a winless 2018-19 campaign.
The Lady Tigers open the season on the road in Kahoka before heading to the Tri-Rivers Classic Tournament in Queen City to kick off December. The Lady Tigers are the top seed in the bracket and will take on North Shelby at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 2 in the Schuyler County High School gym. The other opening game on that side of the bracket will feature Knox County versus Milan.
The Lady Tigers will play December 4th at 6 p.m. in round two of the tourney at either the high school or middle school, depending on the outcome of the opener. All tourney final games are scheduled Saturday, December 7th.