GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Campbell hopes to benefit from deeper bench

Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Pictured is the Campbell varsity girls basketball team. Pictured front row left to right are: Gabrielle Nielson, Madisyn Townsend, Adrionna Pearson, and Lauren Weidenbenner; pictured middle row left to right are: Chloe Matthews, Alexis Hausmann, Hannah Littrell, Darcy Broglin, and Macy Hendrix; pictured top row left to right are Taylor Campbell, Mackenzie Sevier, Madison Smith, Sara Thomas, Madison Fielder, and Katelyn Corbett.

Numbers are on the rise for the Campbell Camels high school girls basketball program entering the 2019-20 season.

Campbell graduated four of the seven players on last season’s varsity squad that finished 15-10 but has a slew of newcomers on its roster.

“We only had seven kids out for high school basketball last season and four of them were seniors,” Campbell coach Laura Foster said. “We are returning just three players from last year’s team but have 16 out for high school basketball this season.”

Campbell has four seniors, two juniors, one sophomore, and nine freshmen on its high school roster.

“It will definitely help out to have a bench this season,” Foster said. “Last year when we did get beat many times it was because we were in foul trouble and didn’t have a bench. This year we have some girls that saw what we did last year and want to be a part of it. That’s very exciting.”

Senior guard Madisyn Townsend is the only returning starter off of last season’s squad.

“She was one of our guards last year,” Foster said. “She can shoot. She will help us out a great deal on offense and defense. She’s a leader that helps keep our team in check.”

Senior newcomer Gabrielle Nelson is expected to serve as the primary point guard this season.

“She moved in from Oklahoma,” Foster said. “She’s a really tall guard that can play the post as well. Her ball-handling skills will help us out dramatically. We are excited to add her to the team.”

Senior guard Lauren Weidenbenner and senior forward Adrionna Pearson are also strong candidates to start after providing significant contributions off the bench last season.

“Lauren got some good minutes off the bench last year,” Foster said. “Offensively, she can come in and knock down shots. She has also picked up her intensity on defense.

“Adrionna came in and knocked down some big shots for us in the conference tournament last season,” Foster added. “She’s going to be a huge asset for us in the post.”

The two juniors on the squad - Hannah Littrell and Macy Hendrix - are highly enthusiastic about returning to the court.

“Our two juniors that didn’t play last year are back at it after taking a year off,” Foster said. "They are ready to go. They’ve stepped up their games and bought into what we are trying to do. They will help us out a ton as well.”

Campbell opens its season Dec. 2 at the Pattye Woody Classic at South Pemiscot High School in Steele, Missouri. Campbell will take on Senath-Hornersville in the first round of the tournament Dec. 2 at 6:15 p.m.

“It will be a good opportunity to see where we stand after finishing second at the tournament last season,” Foster said.

Campbell Girls Basketball Schedule

12/2-12/6South Pem. Tourn.South Pemiscot
12/16-12/20Bloomfield Tourn.Bloomfield
1/9Twin RiversHome
1/13South PemiscotAway
2/1-2/7BHC TournamentTBA
2/8South IronHome
2/13Scott CityHome
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