MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School girl’s basketball team is reloading this year, but with returning starters Bethany Stucky and Kassidy Kaufman, along with a tight-knit group of players, the Wildcats may surprise a few teams.

The Wildcats lost four players from last season, including All-Heart of America standout Lexi Lorimor and honorable mention Natalie Kaufman. Stucky and Kassidy Kaufman will be the only Wildcats with much experience, but head coach Brian Holloway is optimistic about his team.

“We will have to overcome some early trial-by-fires,” Holloway said. “Bethany will be one of the best forwards in the area. She has improved her outside shooting and her quickness, making it tough for a big girl to guard her. Kassidy will provide a nice outside balance to Bethany’s inside presence.”

Holloway will be counting on four juniors — Ellen Durst, Kaela Helms, Keira Sebrant, and Hailey Unruh. The rest of the team is a bit of an unknown. However, Holloway says this is as close of a team as he’s coached while at Moundridge.

“I look for them to be great teammates, on and off the court,” Holloway said. “The young kids are going to have to step up and provide much needed depth and additional scoring.”

Holloway says his team has a high basketball I.Q., but only having one player taller than 5 foot 9 may be a problem rebounding.

The Wildcats open the season on Dec. 1 when they host Pretty Prairie.

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