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Rummel enters 1st season as head coach, Raiders return 3 starters

Press File Photo Richardton-Taylor senior guard Hannah Rummel, right, dribbles past Dickinson Trinity sophomore Kennedy Keator during a District 14 game on Feb. 7 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Devin Rummel is entering his first season as the head coach of the Richardton-Taylor girls basketball team.

However, Rummel has the fortune of three returning starters in seniors Hannah Rummel, Samantha Steiner and junior Mikayla Aluise.

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“We’ve seen a lot of positives so far,” Devin Rummel said. “It looks like the girls put in a lot of work during the offseason. The girls are grasping the new concepts as a new coach. We are putting in a lot of new things and they seem to be catching on, which is positive, so we can work on more complex things rather than breaking down all the basics throughout practice.”

Aluise, a 5-foot-6 guard, averaged 9 points per game last season, while the Raiders scored 44.3 points per game and gave up 53.6. Richardton-Taylor finished with an overall record of 7-11, including a 2-3 record in District 14. The Raiders missed the Region 7 Tournament after losing to Killdeer in a region-qualifier game.

Along with the three returning starters, the Raiders have senior Megan Kuhn (5-6, guard), juniors Cassidy Diede (5-10, forward), Brielle Van Orman (5-8, forward), Shayna Frederick (5-8, forward) and Sahar Memon (5-5, guard). Diede and Frederick will see some time at the post for the Raiders.

“We are kind of looking for a big girl right now,” Rummel said. “Cassidy is 5-10 and she’s been doing really well. We look to Cassidy for filling that center role. Shayna is going to have to use her mobility down low to be in good position rebounding and defending.”

Reagan Olson, a 5-4 sophomore guard, will see playing time. Rummel said Olson have raw talent. The other sophomore is 5-9, forward Tracy Leingang. The Raiders also have four freshmen searching for some minutes throughout the season.

“Reagan is a pretty good scorer, but she is a raw talent right now,” he said. “We’ll really hope to get her some playing time and really comfortable in a varsity game.”

Rummel said he has been able to implement his offensive and defensive styles fairly quick. However, the Raiders will need some game-time experience to fully grasp the new offense.

Richardton-Taylor is hoping it can continue to mature and evolve throughout the season in time for the Region 7 Tournament. Since there are no district tournaments this year, each team will make the Region 7 Tournament.

“I expect to compete in every game,” Rummel said. “We have leadership, so there’s no rebuilding mentality team right now. As far as wins and losses, we want advance in the region tournament and peak at the end of the year.”