Girls basketball to take season in stride

Adjusting, not rebuilding. That’s the mindset the Sweet Grass County girls’ basketball team will take to the court this season, one heavy with uncertainty but opportunity just ahead.

It’s no secret the Herders graduated a majority of its offense, not just on the scoring end but in the process as a whole, in senior Mesa King last year. Without King’s 6-foot frame on the court, the Herders’ primary focus in the early going of this season, will be to find new ways to create points. 

“I don’ really know how [this season] is going to pan out,” said senior Madilyn Emter. “We gave it to Mesa all the time, and she was our main scorer. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t score. Everyone will just have a different role this year; everyone will have to contribute in a different way.”

Manufacturing points will be the toughest challenge, but this year’s team isn’t without its advantages, either. As with any high school team, the daily woes of life can cause an imbalance on and off the court. But both the seniors — Emter and Elle Terland — don’t see that with this year’s squad, which can make a world of difference, even when uncertainty knocks at the door. 

“This group of girls is great,” Terland said. “We don’t always agree, but there’s no drama. We’ve never had a problem with drama. We all enjoy each others’ company.” 

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PHOTO CAPTION: Madilyn Emter plays defense against a Joliet player last season. (Pioneer file photo)




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