After making it to the first round of the bi-district playoffs last season, the Lady Blues basketball team has a lot of uncertainty heading into the 2014-15 season.

The biggest challenge will be replacing senior point guard Madison Farmer, who tore her ACL. The team relied on Farmer as a leader and someone who could take control of the game, head coach Robert Ownby said. Now, the Lady Blues must rely on their abilities without her.

“We need to understand that we can win games with who we have,” Ownby said. “Just think about that, build up some confidence.”

Senior Lanna Plaster and junior Rylee Zimmer are the only returning starters so the Lady Blues will need everyone to step up and fill the gaps left by three seniors and Farmer.
Since both Plaster and Zimmer play in the post, Ownby anticipates running the offense through them, creating a strong post presence. He also hopes those girls will be leaders on the court.

The Lady Blues have three seniors returning in Plaster, Kalee Gabbert and Cara Cowser. Cowser missed last season with an ACL injury. Even though Cowser hasn't played for the Lady Blues for a year, Ownby knows she can contribute right away.

“She's the kind of player you can leave on the other team's best offensive person and she'll just lock them down for however long you need her to,” he said.

Gabbert will pick up the point guard duties after spending last year on varsity.

Ownby said he is still working on his offensive strategy, but he will push the Lady Blues to be a strong defensive team.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.