The Moniteau Lady Warrior baskektball team extended their season record to 7-1 with a comfortable win over the A- C Valley Lady Falcons by a score of 56-41 last Wednesday. Dee Arblaster’s Lady Warriors have meshed together a strong underclass with some returning experience from a season ago to prove that they are contenders.
The Lady Warrior basketball team of 2020-2021 looks to make an improvement on its 11-12 record from a season ago. Last year, the Lady Warriors made considerable improvement as the season progressed. The Lady Warriors lost in overtime the District IX 3A Championship but gained valuable experience for the 2021 campaign.
For head coach Dee Arblaster, the 2020-2021 season has and will center around Aslyn Pry. Pry has been a three-year starter for the Lady Warriors and came into her own her sophomore year. Last year as a jr. Pry averaged a stellar 14.6 ppg to go along with a solid 13.3 rebounds per game. Pry was a District IX All-Star selection last year as a junior and heads into her senior season with the same District IX pre-season accolades. Currently the Sr. standout is averaging 22.6 points per game.
Joining Pry on the court from a season ago will be sr. Zoey Hillwig and Abby Rottman. Rottman is a returning starter from a year ago and will help push the ball up the court.
New additions this year will be freshmen Catherine Kelly and Kendall Sankey who both will be asked to control the tempo and the ball. Kelly has an exceptional basketball IQ and looks to make an impact right away. The freshman is currently averaging nearly 13 points a game and a good reason why the Lady Warriors are 7-1.
Sankey a freshman Forward, is labeled a hard worker and a great knowledge of the game. Another freshman looking to crack the lineup will be Abbey Jewart who could see a lot of time at guard. Additional freshmen include Davina Pry and Camryn Fallen. Also looking to get on the court is Jr. Victoria Pry who played in 20 games a season ago and sophomore Brunne Barger at guard who played in 16 games last year.
The Lady Warriors opened up the season in mid- December with a thrilling come from behind over-time win against Clarion. (51-45). The Lady Warriors showed poise after trailing by as much as 13 points in the second half. Aslyn Pry netted 20 points in the win. Freshman Abby Jewart scored five points in overtime to help show support.
On January 8th, coach Arblaster’s squad showed no quit with a second consecutive come from behind against an up and coming Karns City team. Aslyn Pry sealed the deal for the Lady Warriors with two thee point plays in the closing minute of play to outlast the Gremlins in overtime action. Pry netted 20 points and freshman, Catherine Kelly put down some clutch shooting in three point land and bucketed 17 points to extend the Lady Warrior record to 2-0.
The Lady Warriors started strong against a talented Keystone squad on January 11th, jumping to an early 19-7 lead but it was the middle two quarters they would of liked to forget. The Lady Warriors ended up short and fell 53-41. Aslyn Pry notched in a solid effort in the loss with a 28 point, 14 rebound night. The loss is their only blemish thus far this season.
The Lady Warriors advanced their record to 3-1 on the season with a 59-42 victory over Union. Leading the way for the coach Arblaster’s squad was Pry with 20 points, Catherine Kelly with 14, Kendall Sankey 9, and Zoey Hillwig with 8.
Pry extended the Lady Warrior record to 4-1 with a solid performance against C-L. Pry bucketed 20 points and collected 17 rebounds and had scoring help from freshmen, Catherine Kelly and Kendall Sankey who each chipped in with 11 points.
The Lady Warriors topped the 5-1 mark with a win over Venango Catholic as they cruised to a 55-26 victory. Pry again netted a monster game in the point total (25) and nearly as many caroms (20). Kelly and Hillwig both netted 12 and 10 points respectively.
Aslyn Pry turned in a performance on January 22nd against Brookville that earned her the District IX player of the week. All the standout senior did was score 29 points, pull down 19 rebounds with 9 assists and 5 blocks. Cathernine Kelly showed support with a double double of her own carding 17points and hauling down 11 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. The Lady Warriors with such performance upped their record to an impressive 6-1.
As the season progresses, the Lady Warriors look to be a formidable force in the KSAC and District IX. Solid team play with clutch shooting and a no quit attitude seems to be their forte. “We want to be able to continue to make good decisions and gel together as a team. The key to our season will be staying out of foul trouble and having our experienced players help lead our younger ones. We must compete the whole game and take no lay-offs ,” stated head coach Arblaster. “The depth of our bench has been as good as it has been in the last five years. The young girls have worked hard over the summer so they could contribute right away and it shows. We have a great mix of youth and experience.”
Good luck Lady Warriors!