After going 2-7 in league last year, the Inman High School girl’s basketball team could be one of the most improved teams in the Heart of America this season.

Returning eight girls who saw playing time last year, including four starters, the sky is the limit for the Teutons under head coach Bill Maurer.

“I am excited about the depth of this year’s team,” Maurer said. “I know our girls are excited about the season and have high expectations. The Heart of America will be very completive again this season, and we hope that our hard work this summer will pay off this season.”

The Teutons will be led offensively by senior forward MaKayla Michael. Michael was second team All-HOA last year after posting 10.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Junior forward Olivia Clark will also heavily contribute on offense. Between Michael and Clark, the Teutons will be a force inside to deal with.

Inman also has experience at the guard position, with senior Baylie Jo Ediger and junior Macy DeWitt leading the way. Along with Ediger and DeWitt, Maurer also says sophomores Lauren Maurer and Ashtyn Schroeder are capable of lighting it up from beyond the arc.

“I think we will be a much improved perimeter shooting team this season,” Maurer said. “We are focusing this preseason on working hard everyday in practice and competing in everything we do.”

Junior forward Kamryn Herren and sophomore post Rachel Harmon are two additional player Maurer is high on. Herren is very athletic and plays solid defense, while Harmon will be a mismatch for some players at 5 foot 11.

The Teutons open the season on Dec. 1 when they host Goessel.

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