2017-18 Winter Preview: Billings Girls Basketball

The Billings girls won just six games last year, but four starters return as the Lady Wildcats look to climb the SWCL standings after going winless in conference last year.

Junior Elizabeth Gearing is the leader for the Lady Wildcats. She has led Billings in scoring each of the last two seasons. Last year she poured in 13 points per game along with 5.7 rebounds per game.

Fellow junior Taylor painter is a strong ball handler who averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 assists per game.

Classmates Grace Seager, Asya Hernandez and Madie Verch will give the Lady Wildcats a strong junior core to work with. Sophomore Lauren Herd is the final returning player for Billings.

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Sophomore Bailey Groves did not play as a freshman but joins the team this year. Freshmen Hanna Verch and Grace Vesci will also factor into the varsity equation.

“I am very excited about this year’s team. We have a lot experience back after playing a lot of underclassmen the last two years. We are still somewhat young with no seniors. We have players that know how tough it is to play at the varsity level. We return most of our scoring, but we are going to have to score more this year to compete in the tough SWCL. Our kids work hard and play hard which should payoff this year and next. We should get better and better as our young players gain experience,” Billings head coach Randy Towe said.

Billings opens the season on Nov. 20 at home against Miller.

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