OSKALOOSA — A new season brings new opportunities for the Oskaloosa girls basketball team. After going 18-5 in the 2012-13 season, the Indians have won 17 games in the past seven years. TC Cunningham is set to take over at head coach after three years as an assistant, trying to get Osky back on track this year.
Osky returns nine girls that saw significant minutes last year and will have some good leadership with five seniors. The Indians will be leaning on that experience going into the new season.
Senior forward Amanda Fay was a second team all-conference player a year ago for the Indians. She averaged 9.1 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist while shooting 49.7% from the floor. She will look to anchor Osky on both sides of the court again this season.
Oskaloosa returns three other starters along with Fay, including Kaylee Johnson, Macie Krier and Jillian Jennings. All three will bring back a familiarity with one another to the lineup with Fay.
The Indians will also return most of their depth with senior Makenna Schaffner, juniors Addison Carter and Aubree Blanco and sophomores Presley Blommers and Lucy Roach all back for the Indians.
Blommers is the second-best returning scorer after averaging 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a freshman.
Osky welcomes a pair of new faces in senior Emily Simon and junior Sage Adam.
It was a tough season for Oskaloosa, who won their first game of the season before dropping the next 20. With most of that team returning, there is only one way to go and that’s up.
“As always The Little Hawkeye is a tough conference to play in,” new head coach TC Cunningham said. “I am looking forward to our girls going out and competing against one of the state’s toughest conference.”