LINDSBORG — The Smoky Valley High School girl’s basketball team has the depth and versatility to be much improved from last season’s 7-14 record. Vikings head coach John Bellah is excited to see what that will look like.

“We have a lot of players that we can use for different reasons,” Bellah said. “[T]he challenge will be to see what combinations work best for what we are trying to accomplish.”

Smoky Valley is highlighted by three seniors, including Jordon Otto who is expected to lead the team in scoring. Amanda Behanna and Jacque Hulse were also key contributors to last year’s squad.

Juniors Lindsey Gerlach and Kira Haxton potentially will round out the starting five, but there are underclassmen fighting for playing time also.

“I think our younger players will help us as well,” Bellah said. “We have great kids and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Similar to last year, height will be a concern for the Vikings. Smoky Valley’s projected starting five are all under 5 feet 8 inches, so boxing out will be vital if the Vikings are to rebound effectively.

“We don’t have the size we would like, so we are going to have to make up for it with our determination,” Bellah said. “Our keys to success will be to find ways to get great looks at the basket and defend extremely well.”

Smoky Valley was picked to finish last in the Central Kansas League preseason poll. The Vikings will look to prove the league wrong, starting on Dec. 1 when they travel to Abilene.

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