ELNORA — The North Daviess girls team now enters its third season under coach Joey Riggins. Riggins’ teams went 6-17 the last two seasons, and 6-17 in Jeff Wickersham’s final year as well.
However, the Lady Cougars come into the year with a new team and five varsity players 5-8” or larger giving them an advantage in the paint.
“We have six girls with varsity experience, and we hope to use that experience to become more competitive in the program,” said Riggins, 12-39 as ND’s coach. “We have been building to this team for the last two years.”
Riggins will rely on his three seniors, Mackenzie Lawyer, Ashley Knepp and Adrianne Wagler along with three juniors, Madde Miller, Hayley Beuhler and Mya Knepp, who also have extensive experience. The underclassmen include freshman guard, Madi Lengacher and sophomore guard Desirae Kalaquin.
“I think you will see Mya Knepp down low and I think you will see her do some things to get the job down. On the perimeter, I think we will rely on Hayley Buehler and Adrianne Wagler. She just set the school record for 3-point shooting, so hopefully she can continue that success,” said Riggins.
“Madi Lengacher is a freshman, and we expect her to step in and play some minutes right away along with growing throughout the year. She will be a big part of team this season.”
Riggins said the SWIAC will be as tough as ever with Linton probably the team to beat. North Central will be very good and Bloomfield will also be tough. The Cougars will play a number of Blue Chip teams and expects Loogootee, North Knox and South Knox to be good; however, ND does not have Rivet on the schedule.
“We are going to run a lot of motion this year. We know we are not going to beat a lot of teams 65-62, instead we would rather keep the game around 30 or 35. If we get above that, we will try to take advantage of that, but we want to control the tempo,” Riggins added.
The Cougars opened the year against North Knox on Tuesday and lost 37-30. They stay busy with a road game on Friday at Shoals and a home contest on Saturday with Bloomington Lighthouse.
They will be in the Bird Cage on the 14th to battle Washington Catholic (varsity-only), travel to Loogootee on Nov. 26 and host Barr-Reeve in the Buggy Bowl on Dec. 12.
The Cougars will also host a tourney on Dec. 7 and be a part of the Eastern Greene tourney on Dec. 27. The Cougars will also host Class A Sectional 63, a six-team event.