Girls' basketball storylines to watch: Schlarman, SJ-O return plenty

Girls' basketball storylines to watch: Schlarman, SJ-O return plenty

The girls' basketball season begins today, with opening-day games being allowed Nov. 12. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS breaks down five items to watch this year:

HILLTOPPERS CLASS OF 1A

Schlarman is the local small school to beat, returning its entire lineup from last season. But don't sleep on Tri-County, which earned a No. 1 seed last year and advanced to a sectional final.

SPARTANS RETURN KEY PIECES

St. Joseph-Ogden will see career 1,000-point scorer Bree Trimble rejoin forces with Peyton Crowe as the Spartans try to overcome Illini Prairie Conference foe Monticello, which lost Zanna Myers and Tatum McCall.

ROCKETS UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP

Unity keeps the services of Elyce Knudsen, who averaged 14.1 points per contest last year. But the Rockets also have a new boss in Dave Ellars, who used to be a women's associate head coach at Parkland.

VIKINGS SEEKING SCORING

Mikala Hall, the area's leading scorer last season at 19.4 points per game, has moved on to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Remaining Vikings like Erin Houpt will be asked to pick up the slack.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Many of the top area scorers will return for the 2018-19 campaign, including Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin's Emily Meidel (19.1 points per game), Oakwood's Katelyn Young (19.1 ppg) and Villa Grove/Heritage's Aliya Holloman (17.9 ppg).

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