Moniteau girls varsity head coach Dee Arblaster is looking forward to the second half of the season. The Lady Warriors currently sit at 9-7 in the win/loss column but feel they have gained some great experience along the way. The Lady Warriors opened the season 0-3 but easily could have flipped their record the other way.
The Lady Warriors finished 14-10 a season ago and got stronger down the stretch. A characteristic coach Arblaster believes her team has. “The girls love to compete and they get along well and play as a team”. Last year the Lady Warriors lost twice to Redbank but settled the score in the playoffs by defeating Redbank by a score of 57-47.
Helping guide Arblaster’s team on the floor from a season ago is so.; guard Catherine Kelly who averaged 11 points per game as a freshman. “Catherine is a student of the game who has a great basketball IQ. She works very hard, she is very poised and sees the floor well”, stated Arblaster. Kelly currently leads the team in offensive scoring with a 14.3 ppg avg.
Joining Kelly in the starting lineup thus far this season Victoria Pry (5.5 ppg), Abbey Jewart (5.9 ppg), Kendall Sankey (7.9 ppg), and Davina Pry (8.6 ppg). So. Allie Pry (6.6 ppg) has provided the Lady Warriors with a much needed lift when Kendall Sankey was out of the lineup. Pry started six games in Sankey’s absence.
The Lady Warriors are averaging 46 ppg on offense.
Headed into the second half of the season Arblaster believes her team needs to improve in the rebounding, turnover and shooting departments. The Lady Warriors have been competitive in almost every game but would like to fine tune their skills. Arblaster would particularly like to see improvement in the free throw area. “Free throws have cost us a few games”.
On the bright side, the Lady Warriors are young and learning. With only one senior and junior on the team, coach Arblaster knows that in the losses valuable experience has been gained. “We can’t seem to put together four solid quarters together, we have one bad quarter and then can’t fight our way back. The season has had a lot of ups and downs but with such a young team that will happen. We are looking forward to seeing how these girls will play against some of the teams the second time around.”
The lady Warriors have won eight out of their last 11 games and are currently in a two way tie with C-L in the KSAC Large school conference. Moniteau beat C-L last week in a pivotal matchup in a convincing fashion 64-45. Davina Pry had a monster game scoring 22 points and hauling in 23 rebounds in the win.
Upcoming games for the Lady Warriors include some key upcoming matchups.
Feb. 9th vs. Cranberry at home, Feb. 11th at Redbank Valley, Feb. 12th vs. Slippery Rock at home, Feb. 15th vs. Karns City at home.
Come on out and show your support for this young Lady Warrior team.
Coach Arblaster is assisted by Maura Pry.