By Jacki Wood
With just six girls playing this year, Nodaway-Holt Head Coach Josh Petersen said all of them will have to be impact players.
“It’s kind of a unique situation that we are in,” Petersen said. “But these are the girls that want to play and I appreciate everything they are doing.”
Scrimmaging has been tough at times, he said, but they’ve had help from the boys and junior high girls.
“Endurance and foul trouble could possibly be the two factors that might hold us back,” he said. “I’m just excited to watch us play. It should be an interesting and fun year.”
Even with just six, Petersen said they are athletic and will still press as they found success with that last year, picking up fast break points while creating turnovers.
The Trojans went 15-12 in 2015-16 with a 6-1 conference record and a 3rd place finish in the Mound City Tournament.
“Conference is going be tough and filled with a lot of really good teams,” Petersen said. “I look at South Nodaway, Rock Port, Jefferson, Mound City and East Atchison to be right up there in the mix.”
Sophomores Amanda Bohannon and Breanna Day led the Trojans last year in almost every statistical category, Petersen said, and will be looked to again this season.
Bohannon averaged 10 points and three steals per game and Day averaged nine points, six rebounds and one block per game.
Other returning letterwinners include Maddie Lance and Macie Bohannon.
“As a coach, your hope is that you’re playing better ball at the end of the year than from the beginning,” Petersen said. “I’d like to see our defense step up this year and really pressure the ball. Offensively, I’d like to see us play better against man defense with setting screens, handling the ball and running our sets.”
The Trojans started the season with a loss to Class 2 Plattsburg, 33-43, and then lost to North Nodaway in the consolation bracket at the Mound City Tournament.