Seniors Hunter Glouse and Jessica Schmidt graduated for starters. Glouse is now continuing her basketball career at John Brown University in Arkansas.
Secondly, Monett only returns two starters and five lettermen that combined accounted for about 40 percent of their scoring from last season, meaning new faces will have to emerge. And finally, the Lady Cubs have a new coach to adjust to.
Monett has turned to a former Lady Cub who had a big part in some past glory.
Kelly George takes over the head position after being an assistant last year.
A 1995 graduate of Monett, George was a part of three district championship teams for Monett in ’93, ’94, and ’95.
George brings head coaching experience from her previous job at Purdy, where she led the Lady Eagles to their district championship game in both ’09 and ’10. The challenge that she faces this season is no secret.
“This season will be challenging for our team as we are young,” she said.
Only two seniors return for this year: small forward Cheryl Barnes (5’6”) and guard Jessica Harper (5’4”).
George is expecting both players to provide some senior leadership and is looking to Barnes to contribute on the court after a strong summer of improvement.
Harper will make her mark by adding some experience and depth at the guard spot.
Monett’s leading returning scorer is junior guard Faith Schmidt (5’3”), who notched 5 points per game last season.
Schmidt is a quick guard, hard worker, and strong defender who gained valuable varsity experience last season. She’s the leading candidate to step up and fill some of the scoring void.
Her classmate, junior forward Kelsey Wiseman (5’9”) is the team’s leading returning rebounder from last season at 5.9 rebounds per game despite coming off the bench.
Wiseman is the player every team needs, a hard worker who is not afraid to do the little things. Coming off a very successful softball season, Wiseman should be brimming with confidence and should also increase her production.
The final returning letterman is sophomore guard Brooke Madison (5’7”). Madison is a pure shooter who George will expect to increase her scoring this year after averaging 3 points per game last year. Not only should she be able to hit from the outside for the Lady Cubs, she’ll be an important part of handling the ball and running the offense.
George likes to play an aggressive style of basketball.
With only five returning lettermen, she will need her crop of newcomers to contribute.
Four players will look to make their mark including, junior Liz Arnold (5’7”), sophomore Kailee Ticknor (5’9”), sophomore Brooke McLean (5’7”), and the tallest player on the squad, sophomore Haylee Morris (5’10”).