Nevada head coach Brent Bartlett enters his 20th season as the head coach of the Nevada girls coming off of a 9-17 season in which his team did not have a single senior.
That experience gained last year should pay dividends this season.
“(Our strength will be) having back almost the entire varsity lineup from last season with nine athletes with experience at the varsity level,” Bartlett said.
Sophomores Calli Beshore and Payde Dahmer return to lead the team. Beshore, who was first-team all-conference last season, led the team with 9.7 points per game to go with 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Dahmer earned honorable mention all-conference honors after averaging 9.5 points per game and 3.8 rebounds.
Junior Hailey Jackson and sophomore Teagan Charles also return to the starting lineup. Charles was the team’s leading rebounder at 6.8 rebounds per game.
Junior Kat Ream along with sophomores Lindsay Phebus, Hailee Lundine and Lindley Ferry also return after seeing varsity time last season.
Sarah Creasey will be the team’s lone senior and new to the varsity lineup this season. Freshman Alison Bower is a strong shooter that will push for time this year.
The Lady Tigers gained a lot of experience last year, but will still have to show maturity this year with a young team featuring just one senior.
“We are still very young and need to play like upperclassmen,” Bartlett said. “Staying healthy and rebounding are keys for our success.”
Nevada lost by two points in the opening round of the district tournament last season. The Lady Tigers will look to improve upon that this year.
“I expect us to be very competitive this year,” Bartlett said. “We have a group of athletic girls who are very tenacious.”
The Lady Tigers open the season on Nov. 22 at home against St. Pius X (Kansas City).