Matt Holtzman, a former standout quarterback at Cassville, inherits a Raider girls program that earned a trip to the Class 3A state tournament last year before suffering a 57-39 setback to Jefferson County North.



“We haven’t even begun to sit down start talking about season-long goals, winning sub-state tournaments, or competing in the CNC, right now our emphasis has been on work and what we need to do to improve fundamentally,” Holtzman said. “And the player’s attitude is the same, they all have shown the drive and desire to work and get better.”



A pair of junior starters and a trio of sophomores who contributed significant minutes and served as part-time starters bring experience to the Frontenac lineup.



 

Matt Holtzman, a former standout quarterback at Cassville, inherits a Raider girls program that earned a trip to the Class 3A state tournament last year before suffering a 57-39 setback to Jefferson County North.

“We haven’t even begun to sit down start talking about season-long goals, winning sub-state tournaments, or competing in the CNC, right now our emphasis has been on work and what we need to do to improve fundamentally,” Holtzman said. “And the player’s attitude is the same, they all have shown the drive and desire to work and get better.”

A pair of junior starters and a trio of sophomores who contributed significant minutes and served as part-time starters bring experience to the Frontenac lineup.

Junior Meghan Winden, a 5-foot-6 guard, averaged 3.5 steals per game last year and junior Taylor Seward, a 5-10 junior forward, is the Raiders returning leading rebounder.

Sophomores Amanda Cicero, a 5-7 guard, Lindsey Gorham, a 5-3 guard and Jennifer Long, a 5-1 guard, all contributed to the Raiders 17-7 varsity record a season ago and 6-2 mark in the CNC.

Holtzman expects junior Danielle McBride, a 5-6 guard and sophomores Sam Bonner, a 5-6 guard and Libby Warrick, a 5-7 guard, to add depth to the varsity rotation.

“I think our strength has to be our depth. It helps at practice because it has made us extremely competitive,” Holtzman said. “I feel confident that we have four or five girls who could play any one of our three guard spots and no matter which position, we wouldn’t lose a step.

“It allows us to be more flexible with our offense and more aggressive on defense.”

A pair of sophomores, Kinsella Brunetti, a 5-5 guard, and Nayna Fields, a 5-4 guard, along with freshmen Ryleigh McCartney, a 5-9 forward and Haley Wilson, a 5-6 guard, will be varsity contributors.

“As a coach, I feel blessed that we have a wide range of athletes with good team speed. We will use those strengths, our speed, our ball handling skills, the slasher type players who finish with high percentage shots,” Holtzman said. “I feel like defense will be our best asset. I think we will be able to allow our defense to create our offense off turnovers. As the season progresses and the teams we compete against improve, we will have to be able to show patience with our half-court offense.”