Jamie Masonheimer, the former Eula coach, moves across Callahan County to take over as the new girls basketball coach at Clyde this season. He inherits a team that struggled to a 5-18 overall record and a 5-9 mark in rugged District 6-3A a year ago.
But he welcomes back three returning starters and five lettermen, led by 6’1” senior post Liz Underwood who averaged a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds per game last season. Underwood, the district MVP on Clyde’s volleyball team a year ago, will make the quick transition to basketball once the Lady Bulldogs’ postseason run in volleyball has concluded.
“This year’s team will be more fundamentally sound,” said Masonheimer, who cited depth and height as the team’s No. 1 strength but guard play as his biggest concern.
The Lady Bulldogs have good height. Besides the 6’1” Underwood, Clyde also features another pair of 6-footers in juniors Dacey Tucker and Audrey Frost.
Providing experience for the Lady Bulldogs are 5’6” senior guard Avery Hafner, 5’5” senior guard Grace Hutton, 5’8” junior guard Chloe Ukle and 5’8” junior guard Payton Phillips.