The Billings Skyview Falcons are senior-heavy and have plenty of height.
Coach Karson Kidgell hopes that’s enough of a recipe to help get the Falcons’ program back on the rails. Skyview has won just three games over the past two seasons and hasn’t reached the Class AA state tournament since 2001.
“They’re great athletes, they compete in other sports, now they just have to somehow get us to turn the corner,” said Kidgell, who is entering his fifth season at Skyview. “I think this year we have a chance to surprise some people.”
The Falcons, 2-19 last season, return four starters: Senior guard Karly Miller (6.2 ppg), senior post Letesia Left Hand (8.2 rpg), senior forward Kelsey Hosier, and junior forward Amber Meyers (7.3 ppg).
Kylinn Brenden, who started her freshman and sophomore seasons, returns for her senior year after missing last season because of a back injury. Also on the Falcons’ roster are seniors Lindsey Hawkins (a transfer from Billings Central), Krystyn Manfull (also a Central transfer), Brooke McDonald, and Georgia transfer Sarah McFarland. Sophomore Annysa Maciel rounds out the roster.
Five of the Falcons stand 5-foot-10 or taller, so they’ll try to use that to their advantage with an offense that will look inside first. On defense, Kidgell said the Falcons will continue to apply full-court pressure as much as they can.
“A lot of our offense right now is just trying to pound the ball inside and use our big girls,” Kidgell said. “We can send two, three, four at a time, and we have Amber Meyers who jumps out of the gym. So we’re going to try to use that.
“(On defense) we’re not just going to let you come inside. We’re going to force you to beat us from the outside.”