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December 7, 2012
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Billings Central  Rams

Record last season: 17-6

Coach: Jeff Malby (4th season)

Returning starters: Sammy Elliott, 5-11, Sr., wing; Allie  Lucas, 5-5, Jr., guard; Justyn Juhl, 5-10, Jr., post.

Other key players: Hadley Ryan, 5-11, Sr., post; Baylee  Hadley, 5-9, Jr.; Erika Kuehn, 5-7, Jr.; Melissa Koerber, 5-11, Jr.; Mariah  Wittman, 5-8, Fr.

Noteworthy: Elliott averaged 4.8 points per game and 2.3  assists per game. … Lucas was an honorable mention selection for the Eastern A  and averaged 6.7 points as well as 3.0 assists. ... Juhl averaged 7.4 points and  5.0 rebounds per game. … Malby is 50-22 at Central. The Rams have placed at  state (first, third and first) in each of his three previous seasons.

Coach Malby says: “We’ve had some very, very, very good  practices. I hate to say mid-season form, not so much execution-wise, but  get-after-it wise and focus. I don’t like to single out all these teams we’ve  had, but this fourth year here, we’re all settling in a little bit, and it might  be the most sustained focused team so far that I’ve had.”

Glendive Lady Red  Devils

Record last season: 14-8

Coach: Jason Amundsen (2nd season, 14-8)

Returning starters: Jordan Johnson, 5-8, Sr., guard.

Other key players: Alexa Hubbard, 5-7, Sr., guard/forward;  Lindsay Tennant, 5-1, Sr., guard; Brooke Herring, 6-3, Sr., forward/center; Ali  Silvernale, Sr., guard; Morgan Opp, 5-5, Sr., guard; Austyn Copp, Jr.,  guard/forward; Annie Hill, Jr., guard; Meriah Taylor, Jr., gurad/forward; Sara  Temple, Jr., forward; Teia Knutson, So., guard; Mariz Zimdars, So.,  forward/center..

Coach Amundsen says: “This team has put in a lot of hard  work and is looking forward to a competitive season.”

Hamilton  Broncs

Record last season: 8-12

Coach: Mark Albert (5th season)

Returning starters: Taylor Goligoski, 5-8, So., guard.

Other key players: Marie Feldmann, 5-8, Sr., forward/post;  Sami Kratofil, 6-1, Jr., post; Mckayl Rothie, 5-2, So., guard; Kali Hayes, 5-6,  So., guard; Jaylee Albert, 5-8, So., guard; Ellie Hurlbert, 5-10, So.,  forward/post; Brianna Huggans, 5-5, So., guard; Shaylyn Mohn, 5-6, So.,  forward/post; Carlie Jessop, 5-7, So., guard; Holly Hudson, 5-10, So., post;  Kloie Nye, 5-2, Fr., guard.

Noteworthy: Goligoski, a second-team all-conference player  last year, scored 25 points in her debut as a freshman.

Coach Albert says: "This year's team is very young, but  comes with quite a bit of playing experience. The sophomores in this class  played in over 90 games together at eighth-graders and played about 40 last  summer with the addition of Sami Kratofil. High school varsity basketball is  much different than AAU or summer ball, so it remains to be seen how well the  players adjust, but we are expecting big things."

Hardin Lady  Bulldogs

Record last season: 15-7

Coach: Tana Stewart (3rd season, 22-21)

Returning starters: Kanani Birdinground, 5-11, Sr., forward;  Alyssa Big Man, 5-11, Jr., guard/forward; Adree Shield, 5-8, Sr., guard; Teonna  Little Light, 5-7, Sr., guard. ... Hannah Ware, 5-8, Jr., forward; Chrissy  Don’t Mix 5-9, Sr., guard.

Other key players: Kristan Dillon, 5-8, Sr., guard; Joire  Chavez, 5-6, Sr., guard; Anna Frost, 5-8, Jr., guard.

Noteworthy: Birdinground was a second-team all-conference  selection for the Eastern A. … Big Man was an honorable mention selection. ...  Both Ware and Don't Mix were part-time starters a year ago.

Coach Stewart says: “We have a very experienced and driven  team this year, with an incredible work ethic on both the defensive and  offensive ends of the floor. Our pressure defense and versatile, fast-paced game  will be very fun to watch this year.”

Laurel Lady  Locomotives

Record last season: 18-6

Coach: Amber Griffith (5th season, 51-37)

Returning starters: Jayde LeFevre, 5-5, Sr., guard; Bailey  Love, 5-11, Sr., post.

Other key players: Emily Smarsh, 5-7, Sr., guard; Lexi  Budge, 5-9, Sr., forward; Leslie Gappa, 5-8, Sr., guard; McKenzie Cotter, 5-2,  Jr., guard; Lexi Lewis, 5-3, Jr., guard; Kylie Goodson, 5-2, Jr., guard; Dalayna  Christenson, 6-0, Jr., post; Allie McGrath, So., 5-7, guard; Hailey Spitzer,  5-8, So., forward; Abbie Lohof, 5-9, Fr., forward.

Noteworthy: Laurel missed a chance at winning state  tournament hardware for the second year in a row with a fourth-place finish last  season. The Locomotives finished second the year before. … LeFevre averaged 10  points per game last season and hit 38 percent of her 3-pointers. … Love  averaged 4 points and 5 rebounds per game. … Budge was a 36 percent shooter.

Coach Griffith says: “We have solid leaders and girls who  played big minutes and big roles on the last two years’ teams that played at the  state tournament. These kids have been there before. They’re very focused and  very determined to get back there again.”

Lewistown  Eagles

Record last season: 3-15

Coach: Deena Wier (1st season)

Returning starters: Beth Wrigh, Sr., guard; Mikaela Olson,  Jr., guard.

Other key players: Kaylie Grover, Sr., guard.

Coach Wier says: "We have a young team and we are looking  for a week-by-week improvement."

Livingston  Rangers

Record last season: 2-18

Coach: Jon Willyerd (1st season)

Returning starters: Emily Fochs, Sr.; Macy Ricketts, Sr.,;  Meagan Schoenen, So.

Other key players: Mariel Kelley, So.; Meadow Ingram, So.;  Megan Hawkins, Jr.; Hailey Peterson, So.; Chelsea Woods, So.; Katie Buckley,  Sr.; Callie Ellingson, Sr.; Mia Stewart, Sr.

Noteworthy: Fochs averaged 7.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per  game last year. ... Ricketts averaged 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds, and Schoenen  averaged 3.6 points.

Coach Willyerd says: "We have a lot of experience coming  back this year with the five returning seniors. I am also very excited about our  sophomores."

Miles City  Cowgirls

Record last season: 7-13

Coach: Jacqui Engstrom (1st season)

Returning starters: Tori Swope, 5-6, Jr., guard; Dani Finn,  5-7, Sr., forward.

Other key players: Shaylee Singleton, 5-7, Jr., guard;  Alecia Chamberlin, 5-9, So., forward; Beth Sutter, 5-9, Jr., center.

Noteworthy: Engstrom takes over for longtime coach Cary  Veis, who retired following last season with a career record of 433-184 in 27  seasons at Miles City. Engstrom, who is also the school’s volleyball coach, will  also have an entire new staff of assistants, as well.

Coach Engstrom says: “We are rebuilding this year, but we  have a hard-working group of girls who are willing to learn We aren’t a tall  team, but we are scrappy and I think we’ll be competitive.”

Sidney  Eagles

Record last season: 4-16

Coach: Jace Sullivan (1st season)

Returning starters: Krista Steinbeisser, 5-7, Sr., guard;  Morgan Thiel, 5-6, Sr., guard; Lexi Prevost, 5-6, Jr., guard; Elise Torgerson,  5-8, Sr., guard;

Other key players: Colleen Crosby, 5-3, Sr., guard; Kortney  Mayer, 5-4, So., guard; Hailey Steinbeisser, 5-3, So., guard; Daryn Wolff, 5-8,  Jr., post.

Noteworthy: It was a trying season for the Eagles, who  played under three head coaches last season. … Prevost was named second team  all-Eastern A. … Thiel was an honorable mention selection. … Sullivan is a 2005  Sidney graduate.

Coach Sullivan says: “We’ve got a hard-working group of kids  that have been through some tough times. I feel very confident about their will  to work hard and turn this program around.”

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