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Richard Dickerson’s summer musings on Lady Panthers basektball

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm

Carter Simkins jumping for two.

Carter Simkins jumping for two.

These girls are going to surprise a bunch of teams in Mid MO.  Class 3 is crazy competitive led by the three time state champion Strafford Indians who in confident will make it four.  That said the CCC has been dominated by Clark County and closely followed by Monroe City.  They both graduated since talented senior classes.   MC still has Jada Summers who will likely lead the conference in points again this year.   She does not have the supporting cast she had in the Okenfuss twins.   Highland was young and had some impressive wins last year.   Macon was 7 deep in seniors last season but as always has numbers and will have new seniors to move up led by a very talented athlete in Tashawnda Douglass.  Palmyra is going to have some active post players in Audrey Fohey and Amy Bryan this year and a junior guard in Regan Barnett who is fast and can shoot.  Looking at all of the CCC South Shelby like Centralia may have squads that are ready to make runs at the crown for the first time in several years.

South Shelby has size in senior center Diane Mays who may be the most

Kalin Finlay runs for a pass.

Kalin Finlay runs for a pass.

physical paint player in the conference.   Balance her inside play with the speedy guards who like run and gun and that match up in Shelbina in going to be very competitive.  We’ll get a great test in the Centralia Invitational Tournament this season.   North Callaway graduated two State caliber cross country/ track guards with Kyla Bertsinger and a Schumock sister but Reyna Schumock and Kenzie Ashfaul remain.   Bonneville should be young but fast and talented shooting with the Brownfield girl.   Sturgeon returns four starters though losing a player the caliber of Lauren Mills leaves a big hole for Conference Coach of the Year John Kruse.   Hallsville also has a youth infusion for Coach Matt Heet and played us really tough this summer in their league.  Centralia Seniors Carter Simkins, Gracie Peavler, Kyra Dickerson, Claire Hunter and Gwen Bostick have been playing basketball together since 2008 in winter,  spring and summer tournaments.  They have great chemistry and trust in one another.   You will see Coach Schemmer’s squad playing at a very fast pace.   They are a stingy defensive unit.   Mary Kate Bennett,  Chris Heimann, Mallory Smith, Ashlynn Crum,  Jo Ella Meligrito, Kalin Finlay and Emma Hombs have really followed the pace set by the seniors and are learning the level and speed they will need to play.  It is going to a fun season of Lady Panther basketball and Becca is going to shake up the CCC and we’re going to see a strong squad doing work for her in her Sophomore season as the Centralia Head Coach.  This is the humble opinion of The Voice of the Panthers.