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How many years as head Coach: 18
Number of years at present school: 6
Last year’s record: 12-14 Conference record: 1-6
The Strafford Lady Indians could be one of the most improved teams in southwest Missouri this year.
The Lady Indians start this season with optimism and motivation to have what could be one of the best seasons Strafford has seen in awhile. Coach David Brewer starts his sixth season as the head coach at Strafford and believes in his squad.
“I really like my team and the effort they put forth” said Brewer, “We have a chance to do something this year as long as we can keep our confidence up”.
With games against perennial powers Seymour, Springfield Catholic, Stockton, Sparta and Skyline, and then add the equally tough Ash Grove and Pink and White Tournaments, the Lady Indians will have to keep their heads up if the wins don’t come right away.
“We have a really tough schedule and if we take a few losses early we’ll learn from them. We want to be playing our best basketball by the time districts rolls around,” said Brewer. “We should be able to make some noise this year at districts.”
Strafford will be returning three starters from last year’s line-up; led by four-year starter senior Emily Oberbeck (5’6” guard) , senior Morgan Graffis (5’5” shooting guard) and junior Jenna Clements (5’8” small forward). Hoping to break into the starting line-up this year are returning letter-winners junior Hannah Collins (5’4” point guard), senior Grace Bernskoetter (5’11 post) and junior Amanda Rowden (5’7” small forward).
Brewer is hopeful that graduated Ashlee Jackson’s 10 points a game and leadership skills can be filled by these six returning letter winners along with several newcomers. Juniors Emily Ceuick (5’7” post)
Megan Carrell (5’7” post), Sarah Letterman ( 5’6” small forward) and Kaylee Larimer (5’8” forward) provide bench depth and could provide quality minutes. Also sophomore Alissa Rowden (5’6”point guard) could challenge for a varsity spot.
“We haven’t won a conference title since 1988 or a district title since 1976. We play in such a tough conference, it seems that someone from our conference makes it to Columbia every year,” said Brewer. “But we are hopefully on our way up to be at that level. This team is deep and motivated to win.”