NEW MARKET – After capturing the county championship last season, the Southmont girls’ basketball team opens up the 2018-19 season this afternoon with a home matchup against Clinton Central.
“We are going to try to be the best team in the county and win sectionals,” said Southmont head coach Dustin Oakley. “We also want to try and get 15 or more wins and be a very defensive-oriented team that allows 40 points or less.”
In last year’s sectional, Southmont was defeated by 28 in a matchup against Greencastle, with a final score of 63-35. That loss not only ended the Lady Mounties’ season but also ended senior Avery Hess’ Southmont career, who led the team in points per game, assists per game and steals per game. The Mounties only lost two seniors in total, though, and look to reload this season with a balanced roster composing of eight upperclassmen and six lowerclassmen.
“Lilly Ward, Emma Ward, Hailey France, Claire Remley and Natalie Manion will be some big returning players for us this season,” Oakley said. “We will also have some younger players that will help us. Belle Miller, who is going to be a freshman this year, Addie Charles and much of the junior class.”
With some lowerclassmen looking to make an immediate impact, Oakley acknowledged there could be some challenges this season.
“I think just our overall basketball IQ along with the turnover margin,” he said. “The turnover margin will be key for us.”
Oakley also spoke on what games he thought were a good barometer for his team.
“I think our first three games against Clinton Central, North Vermillion and Fountain Central will be big tests to see where we are at right off the bat,” he said.
Southmont will face Clinton Central at home to start off the season this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.