2019-2020 Keystone Lady Panthers Girls Basketball Team

Lady Panthers Return Four Starters from Last Year Team

Kiera Stiglitz, Samantha Heller, Rori Vickers, Maddie Dunlap, Kaylee Wolbert, EmmaLee Araujo, Katie LaCaze. Back Row:  Coach  Paul Flickner,  Elizabeth Bish,  Jenna Pierce, Skyler Hoffman, Jessica Servey, Danae Hurrelbrink, Natalie Bowser, Emily Lauer, Alyssa Dunlap, Faith Young,  Jozee Weaver, Josie Kinsler,Coach -JR Rhoades, Coach- Josh Almes.

2019-2020 Keystone Lady Panthers  Girls Basketball Team

Lady Panthers Return Four Starters from Last Year Team

The Keystone Lady Panthers under 2nd year head coach, Josh Almes look to improve on last year’s record of 11-13. With over a half of the year underway in the 2019-2020 season,  Almes likes the way his team has come together thus far. “They have been a fun group of athletes to watch. Our team philosophy is centered on the idea of team. Our girls are selfless. We have had six players with double digit scoring, six players with five assists and four players with at least ten rebounds at some point in the season. “

The Panthers are led in scoring by jr. guard Emily Lauer with 14.4 ppg., who also garnishes about five  rebounds per game.  Lauer has been a consistent point guard for the Lady Panthers the last two seasons.  Almes has high praise for Lauer who he feels is the key factor in playmaking capabilities for his team and creates openings in the half courts sets. “Opposing teams struggle to press us as Emily and sophomore,  Jozee Weaver are capable guards who can make athletic plays in transition and both can shoot from any spot on the floor”.

Returning starters for Coach Almes squad also include sophomore Jozee Weaver (7.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg), jr’s. Danae Hurrelbrink (5.3 ppg., 4.0 rpg.),  jr., Maddie Dunlap (5.9 ppg., 3.4 rpg)  and  sr., Alyssa Dunlap (3.3 ppg.,, 4.8 rpg).   “Maddie is an absolute warrior on both sides of the floor and she makes exciting ,  athletic plays with her tenacity and courage”.

Complementing the team nicely this year has been the consistent play of freshman forward, Natalie Bowser, who currently averages 7.7 points per game and a team leading seven rebounds per game off of the bench. “ Natalie is deceptively fast in the open court and can present matchup problems for a lot of opposing,”  lamented  Coach Almes.

Almes likes the way this year’s squad gets after it on defense.  “Our community values man to man defense and girls have bought into playing good, disciplines defense.”  The Lady Panthers have had only two opposing players score more than twenty points against his team and only three teams have scored more than fifty points in a game.

Almes like the unselfish play on the offensive but would like to see the Lady Panthers improve on their shooting percentage, especially on open shots and layups and at the free throw line. “Free throws are a huge factor in high school basketball and the coaching staff would love to see his team get to the line more.  “We are a good foul shooting team and usually meet our goal of 70% or better at the line.”

The Lady Panthers are currently tied with Redbank in the KSAC South with a 4-1 record and 10-5 overall (as of Jan. 22, 2020) with hopes of extending their season with a run into the playoffs.  The Lady Panthers have six remaining games on the schedule . This week the Lady Panthers will play a trifecta of games as they will face a much improved C-L team on January 27th and Karns City on January 29th. Keystone will return home on January 31st against Moniteau.  Keystone will then travel to Redbank on February 4th for what looks to be a pivotal KSAC South matchup.  The Lady Panthers will finish the regular season with two home games on February 7th vs. Cranberry and then on February 10th against St. Mary’s.

The Lady Panthers look to be ready and improving each game and hopefully can make some noise come playoff time. “All in all, it’s been a fun group of hardworking kids to coach, we have high expectations for ourselves,  but as we get closer to playoff time, we must continue to develop our half-court game”, commented head coach Josh Almes.

Coach Almes is assisted by Coach JR Rhoades who serves as the Junior -Varsity coach and volunteer coach Paul Flickner. The Jr. High program is run by Andy Traister and Mallory Reed.

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