Camdenton Lakers, Osage Indians, Versailles Tigers, Eldon Mustangs, Climax Springs Cougars and Macks Creek Pirates

CAMDENTON LAKERS

From Head Coach Staci Caffey:

Class/District: Class 5, District 10

2017-18 Record or Finish: 20-8 with a trip to the state quarterfinals

Moved or Graduated Players: Coley Rezabek, Kylie Meier and Abbie Miller

Top Returners and any Accolades: Senior Natalie Basham is one of the most athletic players in southwest Missouri. Basham has played a key role to our program since her freshman year. I am excited to see her in her final season leading the way for the defending district champions and state quarterfinalist. She averaged 11 points, four steals, four assists and three rebounds as a junior.

Junior Shelby Kurtz Shelby has many great qualities she brings to the team, but a couple of my favorites would be her attitude and work ethic. Kurtz is a leader by example who does not give anything less than her best every time she competes. She averaged eight points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists as a sophomore.

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2018 season?

A: The most important thing I always look for is intensity and learning how to play hard.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Our quickness and speed. These girls really know how to put the pressure on. They are going to be a very energized fun group to watch play.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: Our confidence. With only two starters returning in Basham and Kurtz, confidence will be a huge key to executing our game plan. Senior Darby Roam knows how to turn the pressure up both offensively and defensively. She has the ability to be a real game changer for us. Senior Jessica Watson, junior Megan Vest and sophomore Olivia Whittle bring a lot of heart to the game, they do anything asked of them and are very selfless players that keep the team motivated and together.

We are a small team and not just in size but in numbers as well. Our freshmen have been working hard and could make a strong impact on the varsity court this year. Coming off the bench these ladies will bring energy and excitement to the court that is needed to play the style of ball we want to play.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: Just to keep working hard and strive to accomplish our goals.

OSAGE INDIANS

From Head Coach Scott Rowland:

Class/District: Class 4, District 9

2017-18 Record or Finish: 22-7 with a trip to the state quarterfinals

Moved or Graduated Players: Rose Colonius, Kenzi King and Maddie Henley

Top Returners and any Accolades: Kerrigan Gamm (All Conference 2nd team and All-District), Carson Wood (All Conference 1st team and All-District), Payton Good, Karli Kempf, Zoie Turner, Liberty Gamm and Sara Wolf

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2018 season?

A: This is a special group of seniors. They have earned a great deal of success during their careers and I am looking forward to another year with them. They are excellent basketball players and better people.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: I think that we can pressure people some and offensively we are strong. Hopefully, we present some matchup problems for teams with the ability of several of players to play both inside and outside.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: I think that we will have to continually work on being consistent and strong rebounders. We also must limit our turnovers more than in previous years.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: The team would like to contend for conference and district championships. Those are very lofty goals considering our conference and district. We hope to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season.

VERSAILLES TIGERS

From Head Coach Tim Spiers:

Class/District: Class 3, District 10

2017-18 Record or Finish: 1-23

Moved or Graduated Players: Kylynn Ballew, Bri Hendricks and Zoie Kinder

Top Returners and any Accolades: Carrie Hoffa, Kylie Viebrock, Hannah Whan, Adaya Comer and Allison Foley

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2018 season?

A: Improvement in all phases of the game at all levels.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: It is hard to say yet but our effort has been good in practice.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: Improving our play to allow us to have fewer turnovers and more opportunities to score.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: Our players set their goal at five wins this season. The key to this will be fewer turnovers and better defense.

ELDON MUSTANGS

From Head Coach Ashley Agee:

Class/District: Class 3, District 10

2017-18 Record or Finish: 8-17

Moved or Graduated Players: Macie Halderman and Grace Baucom

Top Returners and any Accolades: Haley Clifton (Honorable Mention Tri-County Conference), Camri Bond and Kayleigh Fike

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2018 season?

A: We are looking forward to continue building off the foundation we started to build last season. We have a few veterans that have played for our program for four years now and hopefully they can lead by example. We are still very youthful, but are athletic and very competitive. We are hopeful that we steadily progress as the season goes on and communication and teamwork will be a huge key to that success!

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Our biggest strength at this time is our speed that allows us to play upbeat, which is my favorite kind of basketball! Hopefully we can translate that speed on the defensive side of the floor as well!

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: I hope we can get better at understanding strategies of the game of basketball and learning each others strengths and weaknesses and play into both!

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: A huge goal for us is putting ourself in a position to win a district title, as we fell to Class 3 and pulled a very competitive district for ourselves! We have to work every day to get better mentally and physically and grow as a team! Our keys to success will be to continue to do “the little things” that are overlooked in the game anymore that take no athletic ability, but pure effort!

CLIMAX SPRINGS COUGARS

From Head Ron Rhodes:

Class/District: Class 1, District 7

2017-18 Record or Finish: 3-21

Top Returners and any Accolades: Sophomore Autumn Wallace, sophomore Hailey McIntosh, junior C.J. Drake and sophomore Abi Wolfe

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2018 season?

A: Playing hard with a positive attitude.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Incorporating our two freshmen (Miranda Burke and Jayden Butterfield) into the system.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: Everything including mental toughness. We are trying to get Skyler Austin caught up from missing the summer workouts. She is a returning junior.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: Be above .500 (winning percentage) and get better each and every game. A new era of Cougar basketball has begun.

MACKS CREEK PIRATES

From Head Lynn Long:

Class/District: Class 1, District 7

2017-18 Record or Finish: 16-9

Moved or Graduated Players: Shelby Willis, Kali Eidson and Mylee Hicks

Top Returners and any Accolades: Junior Jesse Willis (All-District) averaged 12 points per game and led the team in steals assists, 3-pointers and total points last season. Senior Lexi Mayer is a 3-year starter who led the team in rebounds and junior Caytlin Eidson, sophomore Mackenzie Hicks, senior Madeline Phillips and sophomore Allysa Seaholm all have some starting experience. Junior Myra Cortez, sophomore Bailey Taylor and junior Shaylee Skinner are also players to watch for.

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2018 season?

A: We are expecting a great season as our players learn a new system and gain experience.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Our strengths are our depth on the perimeter, our overall team quickness and our aggressiveness.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: As the season progresses we hope to improve our defense, our shooting and ballhandling, as well as our offensive execution.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: Our goals are basically to play hard, play smart, play together, play defense and to be disciplined. If we do these things then things like wins, conference, district, and postseason will take care of themselves. Our goal is just to get better in each of these areas every day. The keys to our success are how well our players buy into a new system and how well we jell and play as a team and learn to play for each other.