The El Dorado Lady Wildcats basketball team took their lumps last season the first under new head coach Shauna Riedy to go 5-15 overall and 1-9 in league.
The Lady Wildcats showed some promise to end the season however falling to a strong Circle Thunderbird team in overtime in Towanda in the first round of sub-state.
After losing their top scorers to graduation in Andrea Valadez and Hannah Helferich, El Dorado is looking for some new blood to step up into vacated roles to carry the Lady Wildcats through the 2013-14 season.
"We lost our main scorers from last year which were 3 of our 5 starters. We return 5 girls that got substantial varsity playing time," said El Dorado head coach Shauna Riedy.
Looking to step into those roles for El Dorado are Justice Rice a 5' 7" senior forward who averaged 4.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg as a junior for the Wildcats. Rice will need to be a force in the paint and on the boards for El Dorado for the Wildcats to compete this season. Senior Erin Hildreth will see an increased role with minutes and help to stabilize a relatively young squad. Sophomores Destiny Smith and Kayln Beel will be paramount to the Wildcats success this year. As a freshman Smith averaged 3.5 ppg and 2.0 rpg and has the ability to score and will look to increase her shooting percentage this season. Beel who is 5'8" and strong down low will need to increase her 4.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg this season for the Wildcats to improve from a season ago.
"We will be a very young team inexperienced we will definitely have nights where we will struggle against the top teams on our schedule but hope to make strides throughout the year to become competitive with everyone," said Riedy.
Also adding to the Wildcats depth this season will be juniors Kelsie Clennan and Kristtyn Utech who will see important minutes for El Dorado.
In a tough league with a young team the Wildcats have plenty of room for potential this season. How well the Lady Wildcats play together as a team and grow as a unit will be the most important factor for El Dorado this Winter.