Harper ‘excited for girls’ hoops season
When a coach says he is “extremely excited” about his team’s upcoming season, you know he must be serious about the damage he thinks his players can do.
And that’s exactly where Harper varsity girls’ basketball coach Kade Eckert finds himself.
But this isn’t the hopeful daydream of a mentor who’s grasping at straws. Eckert might really be on to something.
Last year’s Ladyhorns (20-12, 4-4 district; third-place seed into the post-season) lost in the bi-district round by only two points (36-34) to Shiner, a school that advanced to the quarterfinal level until knocked out by San Saba, 40-31.
But with seven lettermen back from last year, Harper will be long in experience as the season approaches.
Players returning to the court this year for the Ladyhorns include:
•Marti Lumpkins (junior) — last year’s “Newcomer of the Year;” led team in assists; First Team All-District;
•Mercy Garcia (senior) — led last year’s squad in steals, three-point shots made; Second Team All-District;
•Keeley Marschall (junior) — top scorer and rebounder in 2016-17;
•Brittany Schlueter (senior) — named to Second Team All-District;
•Logan Menzies (senior) — led Ladyhorns in deflections;
•Quinn Stevenson (junior) — scored most points coming off the bench);
•Lindsey Talavera (junior).
Scratching for playing time will be 11th graders Briana Stevens and Delany Dunning, joined by sophomores Gracie Green and Callie Koenig.