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Biermann looking for more competitiveness from Lady Tigers in first year in charge

Freshman Hope Chappel drives to the basket during Meet the Tigers Night at Excelsior Springs High School on Thursday, Nov. 9. First-year head coach J.D. Biermann wants his team to be more competitive this year. The Tigers open the season on Monday, Nov. 20 when Richmond makes a visit to Excelsior Springs High School. Biermann hopes the team gets off to a fast start with a good performance against the Spartans. (Photo by Bryce Mereness)

November 17, 2017 – First-year Tigers head coach J.D. Biermann wants his team to be in more games for the 2017-18 season.

The new girls basketball coach sat on the bench as an assistant as the team piled up loss after loss in a 1-25 season a year ago. Just one of the losses was within single digits, a 46-37 loss to Bishop LeBlond in the eighth-place game of the Cameron Invitational.

“My expectation is to be in every game we play in” Biermann said. “I don’t want to put a number on what my expectations are for wins, but we’ll be in every ball game we play. We’ll come out and play as hard as we can and let the scoreboard speak for itself. We’re not going to be a team that other teams circle on their calendar and think ‘Oh, that’s a roll over.’ Our goal is for teams to have to play 32 minutes of basketball to have a chance to beat us.”

The team returns plenty of experience including a big group of now sophomores who received a lot of varsity experience a year ago, Morgan Schindler, Alli Hatch, Madi Cole and Avrie Christensen.

Seniors Kayla Mountenay, the lone returning senior from last year’s squad is joined by Josie Rimmer who did not play the past two seasons and a transfer from North Kansas City High School Kiya Nunes to provide more depth for the team.

“Any time you can get a pure athlete like Josie is  and her basketball IQ it’s great,” Biermann said. “She’s a great role model. She brings intensity in everything she does. She’s a great example for all of the young kids in the program. I can’t overstate how important she is to the development of our program.”

Maddie Evert, and Raven Gantt also return to the team after playing significant minutes a year ago.

Overall the team graduated two players a year ago. Sydney Shea, who missed most of the year with a torn ACL and Nicole Palomarez.

“We didn’t lose very many,” Biermann said. “We have a lot of significant minutes back. They put a lot of work in over the summer. We have a good buy in from the young group of kids. The kids are working harder and I think the year of experience these kids have will help.”

By Bryce Mereness • bryce@esstandard.com

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