Girl's Basketball Preview

Girl's Basketball Preview

Brainerd Girl’s Basketball - Tim Nelson

We were 17-10 overall last season and 11-5 in our conference (3rd). We lost in the first round of the section tournament to St. Michael-Albertville. We improved by working hard on basketball this summer. We have also worked on getting stronger, quicker, and faster. We will look to play uptempo and pressure our opponents.

We have six players with varsity experience returning this season: Seniors Ashley Huber, Lexi Roby, Regan McElfresh, Cara Helgeson and Lillee Hardee along with junior Courtney Russell. We will look for them to have great leadership and set an example for how hard we need to work every day. They have a lot of experience and they will be the key to how good of a team we become. They have high expectations for this season, and I believe they have the talent to hopefully fulfill some of their goals.

Some other players that we look to contribute on varsity this year are Seniors Maddi Barnett, Emma Grunenwald, and Kimmy Hall, along with Junior Elllie Peabody and Sophomores Grace Zimmerman and Delaney Schaefer. Maddi and Delaney will provide us depth in the post and and will help us defensively and rebounding with their size. Emma and Kimmy will provide depth at guard and Ellie and Grace will provide depth at wing. These six players have improved in the off-season and we expect them to play an integral part in our season.

I hope that we improve every day and that we are playing our best at playoff time. I believe that we should challenge for the conference championship and that we can make a run in the section tournament.

I anticipate that our strengths will be pushing tempo and pressuring the other team on defense. I also think that we will have great depth, we have a number of players who will contribute to our success.

Our weakness is that we will not have a lot of size. We will really need to work at rebounding as a team, so that rebounding will not be a weakness.

It looks like our conference will be very competitive most nights. I think there are 4 or 5 teams who will challenge for the conference championship, including us.

Our section is very good again this year. Moorhead would probably be considered the pre-season favorite, but I think a handful of teams have a chance. I hope we are one of the teams challenging for a state tournament berth.


C-I Girl’s basketball -  Sue Peterson

Last season we experienced a team transformation, in that we started slow but finished with the best record and postseason showing in almost a decade. This year, we intend to build off our positive momentum shift, and positive summer team experiences, and keep focused not only on the physical aspects that helped us, but also the mental aspects such as believing in ourselves and each other.

We return all varsity team members except one, and I expect the added year of confidence to returning members will be a great help. Leaders are leaders because they’re willing to step up and take on new responsibilities, new risks, and especially because they take time to build up their team members. I anticipate we’ll have a lot of leadership on our team. It will be fun to observe who steps up.

We are fortunate to have a numerous and talented 9th grade class of players, including two 9th graders who contributed much as 8th graders last season, and our sophomore class has solid talent, but also I want to note everyone of our junior class members, Dani Rydberg, Mariah Bodle, Shyanne Loiland, committed to working very hard this summer and those efforts will be noticeable and will greatly help our team reach our goals through their leadership. There are many ways to lead, and the junior class displayed many of them.

We look to be a contender to finish towards the top in our conference, and hopefully section play as well. We aim also to continue improvement in our collective team GPA.

With a deeper team such as we have, one of the coaching staff goals is to help everyone recognize their significance to our team, because there are only so many playing time minutes, so you shouldn’t use that as your whole gauge in determining if you’re contributing. Everyone is important on a team, though not everyone will be scoring equally or doing the very visible game contributions. ***Leadership is what every team member does, leading yourself, doing your part, setting good examples.

Strengths = Several very solid outside scoring threats. A stronger inside option, and certain players who are strong both inside and outside, and strong, deeper guard play. What’s also unusual about our guard play is that they were excited to see presses this summer during team scheme and happy to work on breaking them. They like a challenge and did well adapting to various presses.

We’ve had some close and exciting games against Proctor and Pequot Lakes last season, so I would expect them to be factored into post season adjustments and play again. We are stronger and more experienced than last season, however, and deeper, so our hopes for an extended  post-season is a goal for us, too.

Thank you for letting me share about our team! We’re looking forward to a great season.


Pequot Lakes Girl’s Basketball - Katrina Moody

We ended the last season 20-8. New coaching staff this year, so looking at a different system.

We will have a few players returning with some experience.
Olivia Lane – junior – 20 ppg and 11.5 rpg last season
Karli Skog – 13.5 ppg and 2.6 spg last season

We will have a good group of seniors returning with some varsity experience. Addie Hubbard, Karli Skog, Kristin Skog, and Bre Sewall.

Lola Rysavy is an up and coming post player for use since we graduated Corina Ruud last year. We have a lot of young athletes looking to contribute this year. These young players will contribute some energy on defense.

One of our main goals this year is to play aggressive defense. We will be using our speed and athleticism on the defensive side of the floor. I anticipate our strengths to be defense and playing a fast past game. We want to use our athleticism to dictate our opponents and create fast break opportunities.
We do have a couple quality teams in our section, so when playoffs come we need to be ready.


Little Falls Girl’s Basketball - Joel Youngberg

With only a few returning varsity players off a team that won two games, we have plenty to improve on. We need to improve individual skills, team effort, and toughness.

Sophia Sowada is the only returning player that was starting at the end of the season. Kali Mammenga, Erika Bassett, Rachel Tembreull, Allie Steinmetz, Megan Kirk, and Taylor Jordan are all players that saw varsity time.

Taylor Jordan is a 9th grader that saw some time with the varsity team as an 8th grader. There are a number of other younger girls that I'm really excited to get into the gym and see who is going to step up.

My goal for the team this year is to compete on every possession. It's not about the winning and losing right now, we need to make improving our team at every opportunity our goal.

One weakness is going to be our lack of returners. My hope is that turns into a strength as the year goes on. We should have a number of players competing to earn playing time. Competition amongst teammates will only make our team stronger.

We are focused on improving our team. That should keep us busy for a little while. We'll take a look at the other teams in our conference and section when the time comes.

This is my first year coaching the Flyer girls. This is also my first year coaching varsity basketball. I'm excited to spend the next few months working with the team and look forward to seeing our team compete.


Pillager Girl's Basketball - Wade Mortenson

We had a nice season last year.  Went 16-10.  We graduated 5 seniors, all played a lot of minutes (4 starters).

We return one starter.  Senior guard Hailea Books.  She will have to be a leader on both ends of the floor.

We have many young girls who will have to step up this season.  Not a lot of varsity experience, but they will put the work in and will help the team.  

Want to be able to compete in every game.  Play a fast paced game with a lot of defensive pressure.  Want to be scrappy and determined on the defensive end.  

Strengths will be our defensive pressure and work ethic.  Weakness will be outside shooting.

We have a very competitive conference and section.  We have a tough schedule.  Play many good teams.  Should be a fun year!


Pierz Girl’s Basketball - Marcus Artner