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Heart River girls basketball seeks improvement with returning starters

The Heart River's girls basketball team will look to improve its 5-17 record from last season, and it enters the season in a good enough position to do just that.The Cougars had very little turnover from last year. They return four starters, incl...

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Heart River sophomore guard Bailey Olson puts up a shot against Hettinger-Scranton during the Roughrider Tournament Dec. 11, 2014, in Killdeer. Olson averaged 5.8 points per game a year ago. (Press File Photo)

The Heart River’s girls basketball team will look to improve its 5-17 record from last season, and it enters the season in a good enough position to do just that.
The Cougars had very little turnover from last year. They return four starters, including three seniors.
Four other seniors on the roster will give head coach Kelsey Boedeker some much-needed depth.
“The seniors are a group of girls I’ve seen grow since the sixth grade,” she said. “It’s been a joy to watch. The last few years have been an uphill battle of building the program back up, and I think these girls have a big part in turning that corner.”
In the starting lineup, the Cougars will feature senior Brittni Krance (7.8 points per game in 2014-15), sophomore Bailey Olson (5.8 ppg), and seniors Jasmine Northrop (5 ppg) and Mara Obrigewitch (1.5 ppg).
“Brittni Krance, she’s going to play power forward at times because she can play with her back to the basket, but she’s worked on her shot in the offseason. We’re looking for her to be our go-to girl when we need a bucket,” Boedeker said. “Bailey is an extension of the coaches on the floor. She understands the Xs and Os, and she knows where to put the team.”
Boedeker also said she was excited to unleash the on-ball defense from Obrigewitch and fellow senior guard Laynee Kudrna.
“They’ll be up in your face on defense,” Boedeker said. “We’ll live and die on defense and hope that leads to some offense.”
Boedeker said the team lacks height but is lucky to have some decent depth.
“If we get in foul trouble, we can look to the end of the bench, and I have confidence in my seventh, eighth, ninth girl that they’ll hold their own out there.”
With another year to learn and play together, the Cougars are optimistic for the new season.
“The biggest thing that comes with building a program is creating a culture of how to win,” Boedeker said. “That’s been a struggle for the coaches of getting the girls to compete for four eight-minute quarters. I’ve seen it now, though; they have the will to win. They want to get stops, they want to score points. This can be the year we get around the corner and start winning those close basketball games.”

Heart River Cougars
Head coach: Kelsey Boedeker (fourth season)
Last year: 5-17 overall
Returners: Bailey Olson, Soph., G (5.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg); Brittni Krance, Sr., G (7.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg); Jasmine Northrop, Sr., G (5.0 ppg); Mara Obrigewitch, Sr., G; Ana Marschner, Sr., C; Ashlyn Privratsky, Soph., F; Alli Buckman, Sr., F; Laynee Kudrna, Sr., F; Jenna Obrigewitch, Jr., F.
Newcomers: Bayli Krance, Soph, G; Bailey Boltz, Soph., G/F

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