GHS girls eye hoops run at state

Coach Ryan Hoopes is looking to these six returning letter-winners to lead his team this season: (from left) Aleena Cook, Page Hiebert, Olivia Duerksen, Alicen Meysing, Eden Hiebert and Brittney Hiebert.
Coach Ryan Hoopes is looking to these six returning letter-winners to lead his team this season: (from left) Aleena Cook, Page Hiebert, Olivia Duerksen, Alicen Meysing, Eden Hiebert and Brittney Hiebert.

With four returning starters, the Goessel girls? basketball team is primed for success.

Ninth-year coach Ryan Hoopes said the Bluebirds return 95 percent of their scoring from last year?s 17-3 season.

The Bluebirds were a perfect 8-0 in Wheat State League play, but lost to Cen?tre in the sub-state finals. This year, the Blue?birds will aim for a state appearance.

?These girls have not forgotten what happened last year in the sub-state finals,? Hoopes said. ?They are motivated and determined to not allow that to happen again.?

Headlining a decorated list of returning starters are three seniors, led by second-team KBCA All-State selection Page Hiebert. The 6-0 senior guard/post was a first-team all-league pick a year ago.

Senior guard Aleena Cook (5-6) received honorable mention KBCA All-State honors and was a member of the all-league first team.

Alicen Meysing, a 6-1 senior post, received honorable mention all-league honors.

?Page, Alicen and Aleena have been key varsity players since they were freshmen,? Hoopes said. ?All three of them are great kids who demonstrate high character on and off the court. Their basketball ability and leadership qualities will be key for this year?s success.?

Goessel?s fourth returning starter is sophomore guard Eden Hiebert (5-11), a first-team all-league selection last year.

Additional returning letter-winners include junior Olivia Duerksen (6-0 post) and sophomore Brittney Hiebert (5-11 guard, post).

This year?s squad brings height, experience and potential, Hoopes said, highlighting strengths that include post play, defense and ability to run the floor.

The Bluebirds will face a tough non-league schedule, including opponents such as Moundridge, Berean Acad?emy, Inman, Douglass, Wichita Trinity and Canton-Galva.

?We will focus on just going out each night and playing the best we can each and every game,? Hoopes said. ?If we can do that, the wins will take care of themselves.?

Hoopes said he expects the Bluebirds to be in contention at the top of the Wheat State League. Addi?tional teams to watch include Solomon and Elyria Christian.

The Bluebirds will tip off the season Friday at Inman. Goessel?s home-opener will be Tuesday against Elyria Christian.