The El Dorado Wildcats will only return one starter from last year’s team that finished 2-18 in Jordan Crawford’s fourth year as head coach of the Wildcats.
This time around, the Wildcats will look to underclassmen to make contributions to the team’s success as the Wildcats will likely feature 10-12 freshman and sophomore varsity players.
Hailey Eaton, a junior, will be the Wildcats’ only returning starter.
“Hailey is coming off a a great offseason going into her junior year,” said Crawford.
“She was involved with spring and summer AAU as well as participating in all the summer offseason with her teammates here at El Dorado.”
Channing Kimble will be the only senior on the Wild- cats’ roster and will provide leadership, as well as varsity experience. Katie Fox, Mallory Parsons, and Kelsi McLaren also saw varsity minutes last season and will be valuable to the team’s success this year.
One of the biggest differences for the Wildcats this season will be guard play.
“Guard play be a big improvement for us this year,” said Crawford.
“I anticipate less turnovers, which leads to more shot attempts. We are really focusing on less turnovers and rebounding.Turnovers have been our Achilles heel over the last few years. We will be shorter than most teams we play, so blocking out and rebounding as a unit will be key to our success on the glass.”
The Wildcats will face a tough test on Friday, Dec. 1 in the season-opener as McPherson will travel to El Dorado. The Lady Bullpups will be led by Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year Taylor Robertson, who recently signed with the Oklahoma Sooners.