November is here, and girls’ basketball in Montgomery County is in full swing.
North Montgomery’s 38-0 loss at Blackford last Friday concluded football season for the county, and girls’ basketball picked right up this week.
The Lady Chargers opened the season on Tuesday, beating Frontier 43-37 on their brand new court at North Montgomery.
North Montgomery is coming off a 7-15 season, and Ryan Nuppnau enters his 5th season at the helm of the Chargers.
After losing a lot of scoring from last season, the Chargers will look to youth to try and replace it. Senior Emily Sennett will anchor North Montgomery’s offense in the post, while sophomores Grace McClaskey and Makinze Rominger look to expand their roles. Seniors Mady Altman and Kendall Humphries will also lead the Chargers this season.
Maddie Moseley came off the bench for the Chargers in the win over Frontier, and scored eight points, helping seal the win at the free throw line.
The Chargers will be back in action Friday night at home against Parke Heritage.
Southmont’s season opener will be delayed. Originally scheduled to open against Sagamore Conference for Tri-West on Friday, the Mounties will be in action Saturday at home against Clinton Central.
The Mounties went 9-14 a season ago, and lost top-scorer Avery Hess. However, Southmont returns a bulk of scoring with Emma and Lilly Ward. Also returning is Natalie Manion and Claire Remley.
Southmont will also have newcomers from each class that will look to help find success for the Mounties.
Crawfordsville will travel to Seeger on Friday night to open the season.
The Athenians were just 2-21 last season, but return leading scorers Addie Laskowksi and Lauren Kellerman.
Coach Tony Bean likely has his most exciting group as he enters his third season.
Kellerman averaged over 12 points a game last season.
Elsewhere in the county, wrestling started practice this week, where newcomer coach Bryce McCoy will look to continue success at North Montgomery, Hall of Famer Jamie Welliever takes back over the program at Southmont, and Crawfordsville and long-time coach Chris Ervin are coming off one of the best seasons in school history.
Boys’ basketball will kickoff the season Monday, with Andrew Evertts in his first season at North Montgomery, David Pierce being the longest tenured coach at Crawfordsville, and Jake Turner in his first full season at Southmont.