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Tri-Center Trojans Girls Basketball: Building Together, Aiming High in 2024

The Tri-Center Trojans girls basketball team enters the 2024 season with a clear focus: improvement, togetherness, and peaking at the right time. Head Coach Derek Sonderland emphasizes teamwork and steady progress, building on last year's 14-10 record and eyeing a deep playoff run.

Familiar Faces, Promising Growth:

Quincey Schneckloth, Lexi Flaharty, Taylor Kenkel, and Isah VanArsdol return as the Trojans' core. Last season, Schneckloth and Flaharty provided offensive punch, while Kenkel and VanArsdol anchored the defense. Their experience forms a solid foundation, ready for further development.

Missing Piece, New Opportunities:

The loss of Brooke Daughenbaugh leaves a scoring void, but it also opens doors for other players to step up. Coach Sonderland highlights Hayden Thomas as a potential key contributor, adding depth and flexibility to the roster.

Balance, Teamwork, and Tough Tests:

The projected starting lineup of Schneckloth, Kenkel, Thomas, VanArsdol, and Flaharty. showcases a blend of scoring, rebounding, and defensive tenacity. However, Coach Sonderland emphasizes balance as a key strength, noting the team's "support for each other" as a vital weapon.

The Long Run: Building towards Playoffs

The Trojans' goals are simple yet ambitious: constant improvement and peak performance come tournament time. They understand the grind of the Western Iowa Conference, with familiar rivals like Underwood and Treynor demanding fierce battles. Non-conference tests against MVAOCOU and Clarinda add further seasoning.

Challenges as Stepping Stones:

Coach Sonderland sees these tough games as opportunities to prepare for March. "Our hope is that we can use them to get us ready for tournament time," he says. The Trojans are ready to embrace the challenges, knowing each hurdle conquered strengthens their resolve.

Prediction: Steady Rise, Postseason Buzz

The Tri-Center Trojans are a team building towards something special. Led by experienced veterans, energized by rising newcomers, and guided by a coach who values unity and growth, they possess the potential to make noise in the playoffs. Keep an eye on the Trojans in 23-24.

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