Jim Ned has been one of the most consistent winners in girls basketball in the Big Country, and veteran coach Hunter Cooley should have another outstanding team, although it will be younger.
“We will be smaller but quicker,” Cooley said.
The Lady Indians were 27-3 last year, winning the District 6-3A title with a 14-1 mark and advancing to the regional semifinals before losing to Shallowater.
Jim Ned returns two starters off that team, led by 5’8” senior guard Claire Graham, who has verbally committed to Abilene Christian University. Graham, a four-year letterman, averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last year.
Graham will be joined in the starting lineup by 5’8” junior guard Ashlynn Galvin and 5’9” sophomore guard Lexi Wishert. Galvin, a two-year letterman, averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Wisher was the district newcomer of the year after averaging 6.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Cooley said 5’10” junior forward Kate Bryant will be “our anchor defensively.”
“Kate is a good 3-point shooter,” he added. “She can score inside and out.”
Riley Grohman, a 5’9” freshman, should also be a major contributor this season.
“What Riley lacks in experience, she makes up for in athleticism and IQ,” Cooley said. ‘A very intelligent point guard, Riley will play a vital role on both ends of the floor.”
Londyn Darby, a 5’8” junior guard, is returning from an ACL injury.
“She is an excellent 3-point shooter,” Cooley noted.
Sophomores McKenzy Morgan, Delaney Newman and Bre Jones will provide depth for the Lady Indians.