Lady Badgers Excited Heading into 2018-2019 Campaign


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Senior guard Georgia Mortag is one the lone returning starter for the Lady Badgers this season.

Preslee Carroll, Staff Writer

This year’s 2018-2019 girls basketball season is almost in full swing. Practices have already started and the first event is the annual Tip-Off Tournament on December 7 and 8 in Cascade.

“There are several players who gained great experience last season, and there are a good number of young players that are ready to continue to learn,” said veteran coach Roger Hatler, who is also serving as the boys’ head coach this season.

“The lessons that can be learned from this game are invaluable for life,” he said.  “Respecting others and playing for the good of the team are just a couple of reasons why basketball is such a great game.”

School clerk Karsen Drury will be in her third year as an assistant coach for the girls.

“Sports, and basketball specifically, have always been a huge part of my life and one of my truest passions, so it was just natural to step into the coaching role after my official competitive career as a basketball player ended,” said Drury.

When asked what teams in our district will be difficult for Cascade to beat this year, Hatler said that Simms, Power, and Great Falls Central Catholic are at the top of the list.

“Simms won the district tournament last season and all of their starters are returning this year,” said Hatler.  “Power has quality veteran players, and Great Falls Central Catholic has some key kids that are returning.”

Hatler believes that the season will go well because “the kids are working hard and will get better every day.”

Cascade’s returning varsity players are seniors Georgia Mortag, Mackenzie Wombold, and Kendra Anderson, as well as juniors Taylor Brown and Shelbie Jackson.  Members of last year’s one-loss junior varsity team will help round out the varsity lineup.

Come and support the Lady Badgers this weekend on Friday and Saturday on their home court.

Go Badgers!