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STC Girls set to begin bball season ranked 4th in Class 3A

November 23, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor (agraham@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama girls basketball is just starting and lots of eyes are on the Trojans following their trip to the State Tournament last season. The Trojans will be returning their entire roster with the exception of Sadie Smith and Kelsie York-Morris.

South Tama is currently ranked 4th in preseason polls by both the Iowa Girls Athletic Union and the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

With so many familiar faces returning including Class 3A leading scorer Jessica Musgrave, the Trojans are looking to pick up right where they left off. Last season they topped Roland Story and West Marshall for a trip to the State Tournament. Ultimately they fell to the Class 3A State champs Crestwood in the first round. Their final record was 15-10.

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The STC Girls Basketball team holds up their State qualifying banner after they defeated West Marshall last season.
News Herald File Photo/Darvin Graham

The Trojans played a tough WaMaC Conference schedule and they will do so again this year. They finished third in the conference behind Marion and Center Point-Urbana. However after some shake ups in the WaMaC, Marion is now in the eastern division. CPU will be the team to beat. CPU's leading scorer Allison Woolridge graduated, but they still have Adrianna Katcher who is a strong athlete. She finished 3rd in the Class 3A girls Cross Country State meet earlier this year. Katcher averaged 10.3 ppg after Woolridge so surely the Pointers will be looking for Katcher to play a more dominant role.

Coach Todd Dale is stepping into his second season as the girls head coach. This will be the final season that sisters Jessica and Carissa Musgrave will be on the Trojan team together. Jessica will be graduating in the spring and recently signed her National Letter of Intent with Upper Iowa University.

"We don't sit in an easy conference, probably one of the toughest conferences in the state," said Dale. "We just have to go out and attack each team. With the Musgrave girls hopefully we can get Carissa hitting a few more threes and Jessica continuing to play the way she plays. They will be a major asset but we are looking for the whole team. They've got to pick up their scoring. We want everyone to try and hit 10 points a game and if we do that we will be very successful. If we are just going to lean on Jessica we could have a long season," said Dale.

The Trojans began their season by traveling to Central DeWitt for a non-conference game. Their first home game of the season will be Friday, Nov. 30 against Dyersville Beckman.

"It's been an exciting adventure for me coming in and it should be exciting for the community that the girls basketball program is climbing that mountain and hopefully we can keep climbing and keep everyone healthy," said Dale.

 
 
 

 

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