The Hesston College women’s basketball team returns five sophomores from last year’s 14-win squad that advanced to the Region VI semifinals.
Bethany Snow, a 6’3” post, returns to lead the Hesston frontcourt after averaging eight points and eight rebounds a game last year. The sophomore from Park City, Kan. recorded 10 double-doubles after Christmas break. Several other sophomores can expect expanded roles this year, including former high school teammates from Muskogee, Okla., Sydni Carter and J’liyah Tillman.
Hesston Coach Dan Harrison points to several freshmen he expects to make an immediate impact on this year’s team.
“Brittany Kramer has shown the ability to score in a variety of ways,” Harrison said. “Morgan Coffman is an athlete who can run the floor and Amanda Cockrell and Dominique Needham are two athletic wings who create a lot of energy for us.”
With the off-season addition of Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.), Division II of NJCAA Region VI now includes seven schools, including Hesston College. The Larks play their six region foes twice each during the regular season.
In addition to the dozen region games, key Hesston games include a pair of matchups in Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Invitational, Nov. 7 to 8, as well as two games with Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.).
Hesston will host Community Night when the Larks host Labette CC at 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Larks open regular season play with a 7 p.m. game at McPherson (Kan.) College JV Friday, Oct. 31.
“This team’s success will be based on our team play of unselfish passing, timely scoring and tough energized defense from every team member,” Harrison said. “I’m encouraged by what I see so far but we have a lot of work to do before they start keeping score. I like how the team is coming together and hope that positive energy carries us to a fantastic season.”