Players pictured left to right in the front row are: Annie Renner, Brianna Ebel, Zadria King, Carsyn Looser, Jordan Decker, Lana Carey, McKayla Blankemeyer, Kendall Bollenbacher, Sami Sellers, and Annie Mendenhall. Back row: Assistant Coach Brenda Leeth, Head Coach Kyle Williams, and JV Coach Brianna Geiger. (Photo by Heather Marie Photography)
Players pictured left to right in the front row are: Annie Renner, Brianna Ebel, Zadria King, Carsyn Looser, Jordan Decker, Lana Carey, McKayla Blankemeyer, Kendall Bollenbacher, Sami Sellers, and Annie Mendenhall. Back row: Assistant Coach Brenda Leeth, Head Coach Kyle Williams, and JV Coach Brianna Geiger. (Photo by Heather Marie Photography)

MIDDLE POINT — For the first time in a decade, the Lady Lancers have a new basketball coach. Kyle Williams took over for Dan Williamson after last season and enters his first year as a head coach.

Lincolnview went 8-15 (1-6 NWC) a year ago and lost 46-28 to St. John’s in the District Finals. They will look to improve on that mark and make a deep run in the postseason as they take the court for a new year.

“We had 12 girls last year and have 15 for this year, so I like that we are growing,” said Williams. “I think we have a good group of girls that are starting to buy into the philosophies, system and culture that I am trying to build on. They are doing a great job and are improving every day.”

Williams’s first task is to replace two key players from the 2018-19 season in Lakin Brant (5-6, guard) and Adia Welch (5-6, guard).

The Lady Lancers return seven letterwinners including three starters. Seniors Lana Carey (5-2, guard), Jordan Decker (5-9, forward) and junior Brianna Ebel (5-7, guard) bring valuable experience to the team and will anchor the Lincolnview offense all year long.

Juniors Annie Mendenhall (5-7, guard), Sami Sellers (5-7, guard/forward) and sophomores Kendall Bollenbacher (5-10, forward) and Zandria King (5-8, forward) had several minutes on the court last season and will be major contributors as the year moves on.

“I feel that we have a very talented and athletic team,” Williams continued. “We need to continue to work on things that will make us successful. I think we have parts for a great team. We just need to utilize what we have and continue to get our players to develop and play with consitency on both sides of the ball.”

Freshmen McKayla Blankemeyer (6-0, Forward/center), Carsyn Looser (5-11, forward/center) and Annie Renner (5-3, guard) rounds out the varsity roster.

Other options for Williams throughout the season will be sophomores Andi Webb (5-3, guard), Courtney Minyoung (5-7, guard/forward) and Heather Beair (5-11, forward). Also, freshmen McKayla Jackman (5-3, guard) and Emma Hatcher (5-3, guard).

“The NWC is talented from top to bottom. I feel that if we play to our potential, we can put ourselves in a very good position to contend in the conference,” Williams concluded.

Williams is assisted by Brenda Leeth and Brianna Geiger. They open their season at home against Continental.