Even with one key player having to miss the season with an injury, head coach Paul Schroeder is expecting the Nevis girls basketball team to compete with every team on the schedule.

The Tigers return a veteran lineup from last year’s team that went 6-7 in Northwoods Conference play and 9-10 overall. Nevis received the No. 5 seed in the West for the Section 5A playoffs and was eliminated by No. 4 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in the first round.

Looking to make the Tigers a serious contender this season are seniors Ava Isaacson, Maggie Carrier and Izzy Wallace; juniors Addison Lindow, Emily Funk, Liddy DeWulf and Allee Forbes; and sophomores Kayli Bessler, Mya Stacey and Marley Mitchell. Isaacson and Lindow will serve as captains.

The Tigers averaged 58.9 points a game last season while allowing 55.5 points a night. Leading Nevis offensively a year ago were Isaacson (307 points), Lindow (186), Bessler (176), Funk (87), Stacey (62), DeWulf (41), Carrier (27) and Mitchell (18).

A key loss for the Tigers is Makenna Frazier, who was a three-year starter and finished second on the team in scoring last season with 209 points. Frazier suffered an ACL injury during the volleyball season.

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Also competing for varsity time will be junior Mallory Kowalke, freshman Grace McNamee and eighth grader Clair Isaacson.

“I truly have a great bunch of girls. They have come so far in such a short time,” said Schroeder, who will be assisted by Crystal Bessler. “They should be very enjoyable to watch as their talent and knowledge of the game improves.”

Cass Lake-Bena won the Northwoods Conference South title with a 12-2 record while Pine River-Backus went 7-3, W-H-A finished at 5-5 and Laporte finished at 1-9. Nevis is looking to move up and win the conference title and make a run to win the section title this year.

“Our season starts off with five of the first six games against very good teams, but I believe my girls are ready for the challenge. As far as matching up with other teams in the conference and section, I truly believe we will be able to compete with any team on any given night. The result of winning or losing will more than likely be tied to how well we are shooting that night,” said Schroeder. “My expectations for this year will be the same as it has been for the past three. We will continue to get better, we will play hard and leave everything on the floor, and we will let the wins and losses take care of themselves. It should be a fun season for all involved with Nevis girls basketball.”

SEASON SCHEDULE
Nov. 30 - vs. Verndale, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 - at Park Rapids, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 - at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 - vs. Red Lake, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 - vs. Cass Lake-Bena, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21 - at Pillager tournament.
Jan. 4 - at Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 - vs. Swanville, 6 p.m. Jan. 7 - vs. Blackduck, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 - vs. Greenway, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 - vs. Kelliher-Northome, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 - at Clearbrook-Gonvick, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 - vs. Laporte, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 - at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 - vs. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 - at Red Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 - at Cass Lake-Bena, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 - at Sebeka, 6 p.m. Feb. 10 - at Blackduck, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 - vs. Lake of the Woods, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 - vs. Hill City, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 - at Kelliher-Northome, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 - vs. Clearbrook-Gonvick, 7:30 p.m. Feb 24 - at Laporte, 7:30 p.m.