Wakonda Warriorettes ready for 2002-03 basketball season

Wakonda Warriorettes ready for 2002-03 basketball season by Ashley Anderson Many of the Wakonda girls who have been active in volleyball this fall have put away the knee pads and running shoes and brought out their basketball shoes and their game faces. Their first basketball practice is Nov. 25 and their first game is Dec. 10 against Beresford at home.

Head coach Stacy Huber is in her sixth year coaching here, three as assistant and three as head.

"Finally, basketball is here," she said.

It has been a year since the Warriorettes' last game due to the season switch.

"I am really looking forward to this season," coach Huber said. "We have eight returning letter winners and our bench is deep. We have a team with high goals and the practice time put in to attain them."

The team's strengths are their depth, quickness, and dedication to the game. If the green team has any weaknesses, they would be to improve outside shooting and rebounding.

Coming off a successful 15-6 last year's record, the girls hope to win districts and have a chance at a state berth. Returning starter/letter winner Nikki Johnston, a 5-11 junior voted MVP by her team and a two-time first team all-conference player will look to score her 1,000 points as a Warriorette sometime this season. Our most improved player, senior Andrea Gregoire, will add to the Warriorettes' depth as she rebounds well and can run the court. Juniors Lindsay Nelson (second team

all conference), Chelsa Bohlmann, Kim Henriksen and Rachel Bentaas provide the tenacious defense that gives opponents fits in the backcourt.

Under the basket, senior Kayla Nielsen is tough to keep off the block and away from the ball. Sophomore letter winner Meghan Martz will provide some needed deadly outside shooting. The rest of her class and an up-and-coming competitive freshmen class will round out the Warriorette attack.

Look for the Warriorettes to use a fast-paced style game and a teamwork attitude to beat teams this year. Their shooting has improved and they are ripe for victory.

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