PBHS girls return one starter

These seniors and letter-winners will form the nucleus of a young Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team this season: (from left) Tori Pickens, Precious Kerr, Sydney Hodges. The Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team will look to one returning starter to anchor the Warriors this season under the direction of third-year coach Scott Bauer.

Tori Pickens is Peabody-Burns’ only returning starter from last year’s 1-20 season. The 5-foot, 7-inch junior turned in per-game averages of 4.6 points and 5.4 rebounds.

Additional returning letter-winners among the Warriors’ nine-person roster are senior Precious Kerr (5-4) and junior Sydney Hodges (5-7).

“All three of these girls have the ability to shoot the ball extremely well,” Bauer said. “We just have to build the confidence early on.”

Bauer said it will be exciting to see players step up and fill roles this season, praising the Warriors’ work ethic.

“This team has the ability to score the ball very well from the perimeter, but we have to be able to find other ways to score when we are not shooting well,” he said.

“Defensively, we have a long way to go since it will be a whole new team out on the court this season. We will need to find our identity and team chemistry earlier rather than later.”

With a small roster, staying healthy will be key to the Warriors’ success this season, he said.

Bauer said he expects Rural Vista, Goessel and Little River to be teams in contention at the top of Wheat State League play.

The Warriors will travel to Herington Friday for their season-opener.

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