The expectations in year two are even higher for Marionville, as it returns everyone from last season’s roster.
“Our experience at the Final Four was great. The girls enjoyed it and would really like to go back which has given us even more motivation through the summer,” said Young.
The Lady Comets are expecting big things from their sensational sophomore duo of Josie Young and Jaycie Dishman.
Josie, the daughter of head coach Ted, was last year’s leading scorer (20 PPG) en route to capturing all-state honors. In her two Final Four games she tallied 37 points and 22 rebounds, both team highs. Jaycie averaged 13 PPG and was selected as an All-Mid-Lakes Conference team.
“Josie and Jaycie have been playing basketball together for a while and have developed great chemistry. Their desire to win is unbelievable; they hate to lose. They will be counted on to carry a big load for us,” said Young.
Also returning for Marionville is senior Amy Hicks, junior Whitney Wright, and sophomore Bailie Stine. All three players were starters on last year’s team. Seniors Aubree Brown and Brooke Nelson, sophomores Tarron Finn and Brooklyn Muska, as well as freshman Abbie Hopkins will round out the varsity rotation.
The Lady Comets will certainly be tested throughout the year as their nonconference schedule is packed with solid opponents. Also, Mid-Lakes in loaded from top to bottom, including two very talented teams in Fair Grove and Ash Grove.
“We have made our schedule a lot tougher this year. The Mid-Lakes Conference is tough. If you do not come to play you can get beat by anyone. Year in and year out the league is tough, and this year is no exception,” said young.
Marionville opens the 2012-13 campaign on Nov. 19 at Chadwick.