Girls Basketball Preview: Youthful Cobblers look to make strides this season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – After an up-and-down season, the Rapid City Central girls basketball team is looking to improve this year in hopes of returning to the state tournament.
The 2018-19 season was a long one for Central, with the Lady Cobblers going 9-11 in the regular season.
However, Central won two out of its final three games before being knocked out of the SoDak-16 by Sioux Falls Washington.
Central head coach Kraig Blomme is hopeful that the experience the team picked up last season, combined with a promising group of newcomers, pays dividends this winter.
The Cobblers will be led this year by the team’s two seniors, Adison Young and Emma Avery.
“Adison and Emma are so hard nosed,” Central girls basketball coach Kraig Blomme said. “They’re tough kids. They really play hard. Very aggressive. I really appreciate they tone they set in practice for the effort and desire that they play with. It’s great for our younger players to see that.”
In order for the Cobblers to be successful, coach Blomme says his team needs to be more productive on offense this season.
“This summer we really struggled in a lot of our summer league games and our camp games scoring points,” Blomme said. “So we’re going to have to find some offense. Some consistent offense. Play good defense and rebound are always keys. But we definitely have to find a way to score some points this year.”
“We’re a super scrappy team I can tell,” Central senior Adison Young said. “I mean we’re kind of vertically challenged. But we are super fast and scrappy.”
Rapid City Central opens the girls basketball season on December 12 at the Gillette Invitational in Gillette, Wyoming.