All starters back for Marshfield girls

Springfield, Mo. (For  -- After a 14-10 record last season and a loss in the semifinals of the district tournament to the eventual state champion Republic Tigers, the Marshfield Lady Jays basketball program has a new coach at the helm and many of its players from last season returning.

Entering her 22 year of coaching, former Drury University assistant coach Shelly Jones has taken the reins and is ready to continue the winning tradition the Lady Jays have experienced for many years, and, although the players will be required to learn a new system this year, expectations are as high as ever in Marshfield.

While learning a new system can be difficult, the Lady Jays are young but experienced.

“This season will be a year of growth with everyone having to learn a new system,” said Jones. “We should come on strong as we learn and gain confidence. We will be relentless on both ends of the floor.”

The Marshfield Lady Jays are led by two-time all-state point guard Lauren Aldridge. Already one of the best prep players in the entire state of Missouri, she is still only a junior and should continue to get even better.

Along with Aldridge, the Lady Jays return their other four starters from last year’s team as well.

Those returning for the Lady Jays are senior post player Madison Clark, junior guard Kylee Murgel, junior guard MaKenna Smith, and junior post player Allison VanDiggelen. Marshfield also returns three varsity letterman in sophomores Taylor King, Lilia Theobald, and Samantha French.

Ultimately, Jones and the Lady Jays realize what it will take to improve on their record from last season.

“The season will depend on the players’ ability to pick up on a new system and team chemistry,” Jones said.

Coach Jones has a simple but effective philosophy for her team this season.

“Positive energy plus positive people equal positive results.”

The Lady Jays begin their season on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Fair Grove Invitational.

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