Posted: Monday, 19 November 2012 3:30PM

Chadwick girls must replace star

Springfield, Mo. (  -- The Chadwick girls are coming off of a 23-6 season that saw the Lady Cardinals win their first district title in four years before falling to eventual State Champion Eminence in the sectional round.

Chadwick will fight to replace Jaime Hale, who was a First-Team All-State selection and the Mark Twain Conference MVP last season.

The Lady Cardinals return five players from last season that will be keys this year as well.

Senior Kelsey Ruhland, juniors Maddie Hursh and Zena Hicks and sophomores Kailyn Rozell and Hailey Stevens all return to the team.

Kelsey Swindle, a 5’6 senior, didn’t play last season but will be back this season and provide rebounding and toughness. Kelsey Walker, a 5’9 freshman, will provide depth for the Lady Cardinals.

Rozell is excited for what the Lady Cardinals bring back.

“I can’t wait for the season to start.  I believe we have the potential to be very good and do big things this year,” Rozell said. “We have new younger players that are willing to work hard to get wins.  From the previous year, I know that my teammates don’t give up and they won’t let you give up on yourself.  With the heart and dedication my team obtains, I believe we will have a very successful season.”

The loss of Hale will hurt, but Stevens remains optimistic.

“My thoughts on the upcoming season are I feel like we can be as good as we ever have.  Yes, we suffered losing Jaime, but that just means other players are going to have to step up,” Stevens said.  “It may be a challenge, but that is what will help us grow as a team and be better when it counts in March.”

Chadwick opens the season on Nov. 19 at home against Marionville.

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