(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SIKESTON -- With a core group that's been together for the last two seasons, first-year head coach Matt Limbaugh is excited to get the season underway.
Led by four sophomores last season -- Derien Ditto, Johniqua Fort, Mikaela Blissett and Abby Ross, who are now juniors -- the Scott County Central Bravettes are hoping another year of experience will help jump-start their program.
"Those girls have been together for a long time and been playing varsity since they were freshman," said Limbaugh. "They've been the core of this team and they're continuing to gel.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity and I've had a lot of fun ever since we've started. The girls have really been working hard."
Scott Central lost to Delta last season during the Class 1, District 2 title game, 65-46 after giving the defending district champs a first half scare.
The Bravettes' four returners routinely led their scoring attack on a nightly basis.
"There's talent in the program," Limbaugh said. 'They've showed the last few years that they have grown and gotten better. You always want to be playing your best ball at districts, so we're going to continue to get better every day and see where we're at come district time."
Limbaugh said he will have nine players to choose from including Ann Dennis, a senior transfer that will be used primarily as a post player.
Dennis is one of two seniors the Bravettes will sport.
"We come out every day and we work hard," said Limbaugh. "We're learning from each other and we're excited. We're nowhere where we want to be right now, but that's great because we have room to improve and hopefully we can get better every day."