Deeper bench for Twin Cedars girls

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The Twin Cedars varsity girls’ basketball team looks to improve its 6-17 finish from a year ago. That should be possible, due to a deeper bench.

Head Coach Trent Verwers says returners Brooke Roby, Kaya DesPlanque and Chloe Swank will be joined by three freshmen who will see a lot of time on the floor. They include cross country state qualifier Rylee Dunkin, Kisha Reed and Cheyanne Bruns.

The Bluegrass Conference is expected to be down this season, for the most part. Seymour lost most of its starters, as did Murray. Moulton-Udell will still be tough. Although the Sabers may not be favored to win the conference, Verwers is confident they will finish in the top half of the 11-team Bluegrass.

Freshmen are always unknowns, but Verwers likes the way they have been playing. The Sabers’ game will be faster this year and outside shooting should be improved. Players have more experience as well, with many opportunities to take part in summer leagues.

The Sabers open the season at Orient-Macksburg on Nov. 26. The home opener will be against Pleasantville on Dec. 2, followed the next day by Wayne, also at home.

Twin Cedars will host its Coaches vs. Cancer event on Dec. 17 against Moravia. They will also take part in Southeast Warren’s event Jan. 16 on the road. Senior night will be Feb. 7 against Davis County.

A fun addition to Saber home games this season will be basketball bingo. Cards will have different basketball elements on them that fans can mark each time they happen. Prizes will include gift cards for the Grand Theater and free admission to a Twin Cedars home event.

Goals for Verwers and company this year include winning more, having more fun and improving the culture of the team.

“This is a good group of girls,” Verwers said. “I won’t have to question their effort. All varsity players were chosen because they put the time and work in.”