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Small-school girls’ b-ball tips off tonight

WACO and Winfield-Mt. Union open season at home, New London hits the road for first game
Nov 21, 2017
MPN file photo Clara Schmitz (pictured) and WACO will face off with Central Lee in their opener tonight (Tuesday).

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


The regular season will officially tip off for Henry County’s three small-school girls’ basketball teams tonight (Tuesday). New London, WACO and Winfield-Mt. Union will all be in action.

New London, which is coming off a 9-12 season last year, will take on Highland on the road. The Huskies were 14-8 last season. New London lost both games against Highland last season, falling 64-25 on the road and 50-36 at home.

New London’s Breanna Mettler will look to lead the way for the Tigers tonight. She scored in double digits in both games against the Huskies last season.

Highland will be playing their first game without graduated star Kelsey Hora, who averaged 18.5 points in the Huskies’ two wins over New London last season.

The Huskies do bring back the next three highest scorers after Hora, including Brylee Carolan, who put up 22 points on the Tigers in their first showdown last year.

WACO, which is coming off a 7-15 record last season, will take on a Central Lee team that went 19-4 last year and beat WACO 82-45 in Donnellson and 47-38 in Wayland. Tonight’s game will be at WACO.

The Hawks return three of their top four scorers last season, including leading scorer MacKenzie Northup, who averaged 22 points per game against the Warriors last season.

WACO lost just two seniors from last year’s team. Leading scorer Kiana Miller, who enters her senior season tonight, scored 24 points in the season opener against Central Lee last season and also led the team with 12 points in their home loss later in the year.

W-MU comes off a 7-16 record last year and will host Lone Tree in their season opener. The Lions went 18-6 last year and topped W-MU 49-25 in the first showdown and 52-28 in the second.

W-MU graduated four seniors last year, but returns leading scorer Lexee Hartsock. Hartsock was held quiet by the Lions in both matchups last season but finished the year with 10.2 points per game overall.

Lone Tree graduated four of their five starters from last season, including two players who averaged double-digits in the scoring column. Both of those players, Madison Forbes and Elena Sieverding scored double digits in both games against the Wolves last season.

All three contests tonight will begin at 7:30 p.m. Junior varsity games will precede all three varsity games, and start at 6 p.m.

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