It’s going to be tough to replace the scoring power that the Brandon-Evansville girls lost to graduation last season as the Chargers begin the 2012-2013 slate.
“We return three starters, but lost half of our scoring with graduation,” said Charger head coach Dick Simpson. “We feel we have more depth than the past couple years, and should be faster and quicker.
“We’ll need a lot of players to step up and contribute offensively, so we hope to have good, balanced scoring.
“We will also need to rebound and improve our shooting,” added Simpson. “We have a lot of enthusiasm and are looking forward to the season. I think we’ll improve steadily.
Among those returning to lead the Chargers will be senior starter Megan Friedrich, who earned Little Eight All-Conference honors last season, as well as junior starters Megan Kokett and Kinsley Randt.
Other letter winners returning are senior Carlie Steffenson, guard; junior Kristine Betterman, post; sophomores Emily Friedrich, post; and Mariah Hansen, guard; and freshman Elizabeth Vinson, guard.
Simpson will be looking to junior forward Sara Roers and 8th grade guard Carrigan Okerlund to contribute to the team.
“We also have a number of younger players in grades 8 and 9 who could push for varsity positions,” said Simpson.
The Chargers, who finished as runners-up in the Little Eight conference last year and had 18 wins on the season, will have to face a pair of perennial powerhouses in the battle for the conference title in both Parkers Prairie and Underwood.
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
SENIORS – Megan Friedrich, Carlie Steffenson.
JUNIORS – Megan Kokett, Kinsley Randt, Kristine Betterman, Sara Roers.
SOPHOMORES – Mariah Hansen, Emily Friedrich.
FRESHMAN – Elizabeth Vinson.
8TH GRADER – Carrigan Okerlund.