Record last year: NA
Coach: Schalene Darr (1st season at Gardiner)
Returning starters: Sam Welker, Sr., guard; Tory Vandersnick, Jr., center; Maddie Hoeninghausen, Jr., guard; Eve Welker, Sr., guard; Sasha Hill, Sr., center; Megan Kremer, Jr., guard.
Other key players: Danielle Demaree, Sr., guard; Aza Hill, Sr., center; Kayla Ward, Sr., center; Jaqlyn Ward, Sr., center; Alexis Perius, Jr., guard; Stormy Hupp, Jr., guard; Jade Dreyer, Jr., guard; Jackie Brennan, Jr., guard; P.J. Lange, So., guard; Morgan Wines, So, guard; Schuyler Bush, Fr., guard.
Coach Darr says: “We have potential to be strong competitors this season. The girls have positive attitudes and aggressive effort in practice that will transfer to games.’’
Harrison-Willow Creek Wildcats
Record last year: 8-12
Coach: Ted Miller (2nd year at Harrison-Willow Creek, 8-12)
Returning starters: Austin White, 5-7, Jr., guard; Taylor Statton, 5-5, So., guard; Emily Brennan, 5-7, Sr., forward.
Other key players: Lizzy Young, Sr., forward; Mykah Cooper, 5-7, So., guard-forward; Abby Gault, So., forward.
Noteworthy: White and Statton were first-team all-conference performers last season.
Coach Miller says: “We have a good mix of returning players and new players this year. The team works extremely hard and is hungry this year. We lack some size, but have pretty good team speed.’’
Record last year: 2-16
Coach: Jack Hutchison (10th year at Lima)
Returning starters: Cimbrelyn Clamo, 5-6, Sr., forward; Jordyn Rogers, 5-4, Jr., guard; Haley Jeckel, 5-3, So., forward.
Other key players: Alena Mayer, 5-4, Sr., forward; Jessica Ewing, 5-0, Jr., guard; Shawndee Child, 5-10, Jr., center; Ona Congdon, 5-5, So., center; Amber Kluesner, 5-3, Fr., guard; Eva Mayer, 5-4, Fr., center.
Coach Hutchison says: “We hope to use a quick aggressive type of play. The three returning starters will be relied on heavily. Younger players, hopefully, will supply needed support.’’
Record last year: NA
Coach: Sarah Layng (8th year at Sheridan, 92-48)
Returning starters: Sydnee Burke, 5-5, Sr., guard; Jennie Jensen, 5-9, Sr., center.
Other key players: Kelsie Burke, 5-4, Sr., guard; Cassady Guinnane, 5-5, Sr., forward; Annie McLaughlin, 5-5, Jr., guard; Michelle Tilstra, 5-9, Jr., center.
Noteworthy: Point guard Burke received all-state and all-conference recognition.
Coach Layng says: “We return key senior players that possess crucial experience and leadership qualities, but also have a number of fresh faces that we’ll be looking to fill some important roles.’’
Record last year: 7-14
Coach: Nancy Heideman, 6th year at West Yellowstone)
Returning starters: Janae Hermanson, 5-5, Sr., center; Wendi Liszka, 5-3, Sr., guard; Nina Sveinson, 5-5, Sr., guard; Lacey Klungervik, 5-7, Jr., guard-center.
Other key players: Kendra Johnson, 5-8, Sr., guard; Clarice Griffin, 5-7, Jr., guard; Amy Wycoff, Jr., 5-8, Jr., guard; Kaitlyn Carter, 6-1, So., center; Shelby Young, 5-10, So., center; Maisie Gospodarek, 5-7, So., guard.
Noteworthy: Johnson is back after her season last year was ended by a knee injury.
Coach Heideman says: “We’re looking forward to our senior leadership, knowledge and work ethic to inspire our underclassmen. We have some young talent that we expect to improve tremendously as the season progresses. We have the potential to be quite competitive if the girls come together and build the chemistry needed to be a good team. Our conference is pretty tough and it should be quite a challenge to be one of the top four teams.’’
White Sulphur Springs Hornets
Record last year: 14-9
Coach: Ben Johnson (2nd year at White Sulphur Springs, 14-9)
Returning starters: Shelby Buckingham, Sr., guard; Becky Townsend, Sr., center; Amy Bergan, Sr., center; Kayla Secrest, Sr., forward.
Other key players: Sam Welborne, Sr., forward-guard; Stephanie Barrett, Sr., guard; Sarah Kusek, Jr., guard; Kelsey Manger, So., center; Morgan Kiff, So, guard.
Noteworthy: Buckingham was a first team all-conference choice after averaging 12.5 points and 7 assists. Townsend averaged 8 points and 10 rebounds and a second-team all-league selection.
Coach Johnson says: “Going into my second year, the girls have learned my system quickly and we should be a very tough team that is eight or nine deep. My returning starters and key players make for a well-balanced attack of size and quickness. We have an all-around game that should be tough to stop.’’