“We have high expectations for this season,” Archer said. “We lost three good players to graduation, but we return several players from last year’s team that has valuable varsity time on a 20-7 team and we have some younger kids that were successful at the JV level.”
For the Liberators, it will start with their four returning starters. Seniors Peyton Peavey and Sammy Jacobson along with junior Shelby Roberts and sophomore Randi Hancock all started for Bolivar last season.
In addition, the junior trio of Liz Harris, Daiwa Emmert and Brooke Wright along with the three sophomores Madison Campbell, Mary Beth Payne and McKenzie Lesh will be back on the court for Bolivar this season,
The competition in practice will be fierce thanks to the depth Bolivar boasts.
“We will have a lot of competition at each position, which should allow us to get better each day at practice,” Archer said. “We will be able to play at different speeds, both on offense and defense.”
That depth will be paramount thanks to a tough schedule the Liberators have to play night-in and night-out.
“The Central Ozark Conference (Small) will have a lot of parity this year and we will need to bring our best every night. We have a very tough non-conference schedule that will hopefully prepare us for our conference and districts,” Archer said. “We may struggle a little early in the season, but as this group gets more time together, I think we have a chance to be pretty good.”
Bolivar will open the season in the Aurora Tournament the last week of November.