NEOGA — Neoga girls' basketball head coach Kim Romack is looking to replace the sixth leading scorer in the JG-TC area in Jacie Roy, who is now at Lake Land, and build off an 18-12 record from a year ago. Roy averaged 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and was Co-Most Valuable Player in the National Trail Conference. 

To do so, the Lady Indians are going back to the basics.

“Our goals for the season are to play fundamentally sound basketball day in and day out, hustle and play with toughness, and to be competitive in every game,” said Romack in regards to team goals. “If we do those things, wins and losses will take care of themselves.”

One big thing that will help Neoga is that the Lady Indians have 14 players, including Blair Banning, who was 11th in the JG-TC area with 12.5 points per contest. Banning earned second-team all-NTC honors last year.

“We lost a bulk of scoring from last year, and we are going to need some girls to step up in their roles,” Romack said “I am confident that we have good leadership and all 14 girls are competing for minutes. Our upperclassmen have done a nice job stepping up in a leadership role. Blair Banning and Mary Hill are returning starters and have picked up right where they left off. We also have Seniors Jessica Atwell and Andrea Estay that saw significant varsity time last year and will add a nice spark this year.”

Hill averaged 4.9 points per game last year for Neoga, who finished 5-3 in the NTC, good for a tie for third place with WSS. 

Neoga has three seniors in Atwell, Banning and Estay and one junior in Hill. Kelsey Partlow and Olivia Titus are returning sophomores that are returning letter winners. The Lady Indians have six sophomores and four freshmen. 

Neoga lost a total of five players from last year that averaged a combined total of 27.0 of the 52.4 points per game. The Lady Indians allowed 47 points per game on average. 

Along with the leadership and experience Neoga has, a strong work ethic was a trait coach Romack saw in her team.

But in spite of the positives, one thing the lady Indians is to have to confront is their lack of size.

“I feel like this group of girls will do what it takes to be successful,” coach Romack said. “That's not measured in wins and losses but how much we improve each night out.”

The Lady Indians started their season Monday against Central A&M at Moweaua.

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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