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The Oakland-Craig and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls Basketball Teams square off in the season opener Thursday night on 107.9 the Bull.
Oakland-Craig Head Coach Joe Anderson says the Raiders are much improved.
“That first game you just never know. We exchanged film. We watched each other’s jamboree game. And Coach Hegge really does a nice job with the girls. So you can definitely see there’s big improvement from last year.”
LVSS knocked off Ashland-Greenwood in their jamboree game.
Head Coach Nick Hegge feels this year’s game with the Knights will be much closer than last year’s contest.
“Yeah definitely we’re hoping it’s better than last year. We’re in a much better spot with our group. Shoot we were still learning, and learning to play with each other. And this year we’re in a much better spot.”
Oakland-Craig won last year’s game 71-23.
Anderson says he expects big things out of lone returning starter Dacey Nelson.
“Yeah Dacey’s came back. She really finished the season strong last year. I think she averaged 15 points a game, but probably down the stretch she probably averaged 18-20 in the last 10 games of the year for us. And obviously finished with a really really strong state tournament there.”
The Knights went 19-8 a season ago and made their first ever trip to the state tournament.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder returns 4 starters from last year’s 4-19 team.
Hegge says the preseason has treated his team well.
“It’s been a nice start to our year. We do have a lot of returners. We still only have one senior. So I mean we’re a young team, but we’re a really experienced team. We got a good junior group of kids. We’ve got some sophomores who have played quite a bit.”
Hegge says the team has had high energy and good practices, and there’s much better continuity and players are more comfortable with it being the second year of the Co-op.
Thursday night’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 6:00 p.m. on the Bull.