No Place to Go But Up for South Central GirlsAfter a win-less season last winter, the South Central Lady Cougars had a long off-season.
Only eight ladies went out for basketball a year ago, and while the team had its struggles, Head Coach Gary Kapper was always proud of his team's effort on the floor.
Turn the calendar to now, and South Central has fourteen student-athletes out for girls basketball.
"We were able to have a few girls that moved in that have played some basketball, and some of them haven't but they wanted to play. With the six freshmen coming in, four of them have played in junior high. This is good for the program. We do have some girls who haven't played, or haven't played a lot, but they're out there working and learning the game."
With only eight players a year ago, it was impossible to suit both varsity and JV teams. But that will change with the increased numbers this year.
Kapper says the returning players will need to step up and take leadership roles, even if they are underclassmen.
"We have four returners. I'm hoping they'll lead the team a little bit more this year. And even a couple of the freshmen who played last year a lot, they're actually stronger, and their shots are better. They understand the game a lot more."
The Lady Cougars begin their second season in the National Trails Conference, where Kapper expects great competition.
"I think the conference is still going to be tough. There are a lot of good teams and good athletes in our conference."
South Central will begin its season with the state runners-up from Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City tonight in Farina. The action begins at 6:15.
See other LocalSports news:Butler, Gasol Lead Bulls Over Jazz 97-95
Illinois Uses Big 2nd Half to Top Brown, 89-68
Beckman Says No One Has Talked About His Future at Illinois
Junior High Sports Round-Up: Two Titles Awarded At St. Theresa Tournament
Girls High School Basketball: Sandoval Gets Win