Girls Basketball Preview: Cobblers look to return to state tournament

RC Central returns four starters

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Central girls basketball team is coming off a roller coaster season in which they went 9-14 and finished eighth at the State ‘AA’ Girls Basketball Tournament.

Gone from last year is the Cobblers leading scorer, Bailey Johnson. But the Cobblers return four starters including forward Juneau Jones who averaged 9.8 points per game last season.

The three other returning starters are Whitley Heitsch, Abbie Freeman and Adison Young.

Central Head Coach Kraig Blomme says his team will need to play more consistent this year and improve on rebounding.

“We have a lot of kids that can do some things,” Blomme said. “We’re going to really have to come together to be able to put a lot of points on the board. In ‘AA’ basketball you have to score. You can play all the defense you want but if you don’t score enough, you aren’t going to win. We have to find a way as a group to execute and put the ball in the hole when we have the opportunities.”

“We got a lot of our younger girls that came up last year some playing time,” Jones said. “So they have a lot more experience. So they kind of know what to expect this year. We’re hoping for more.”

The Central girls basketball team will play at the Camel Tournament in Gillette, Wyoming later this week.

Then the Cobblers will host Mitchell and Huron from Dec. 14-15.

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