Experienced sophomores to return
Most coaches would look crestfallen if they heard they were going to lose seven seniors who had been with them for four years of basketball.
John Lee, Tonganoxie girls basketball coach, was sad to see his seniors finish their careers, but he's not worried about trying to replace his whole team.
The Chieftains finished fifth in the two tournaments they played this season. They lost in the second round of sub-state play.
Lee said during the season that the team didn't always come out focused for games. The result was deficits that were hard for the team to overcome.
The team that looked to be senior-dominated at the beginning at the season was in the hands of sophomores at the end.
"A lot of times this year we had four sophomores and a senior on the floor," Lee said.
Those young players include Andrea Korb and Keri Walker, both of whom had varsity starts during their freshman and sophomore seasons.
Two other sophomores, Alicia Stauch and Aimee Eisman, also played more minutes as the season progressed.
Lee said those four and Kristin Korb, a junior, will be among the team's leaders next season.
Several athletes who played junior varsity this season could contribute next year. Erin Seymour, a good shooter, Erin O'Brien and Jasmine McCaffrey, who has shown some good post moves, could move up.
Freshman Laura Korb also has potential to develop into a varsity player next season.