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Lady Broncs are looking for strength in numbers


After finishing last season with a 20-7 record and losing in the consolation bracket at the state tournament, Coach Barry Ward sees this coming season as one of change for the Lady Broncs basketball team.

“We're going to have a lot of new faces, and a lot of young players will have to step up to fill some vital roles for us. We may have to change our style of play a little bit because we're going to have more size than we've had in the past.”

Jessica Malm and Jace Sharpe are the two returning seniors to the squad.

“Jessica will obviously be a big part of our team,” Ward added. “We also have a solid class of juniors, plus some younger kids that will probably play some significant roles for us also.”

With so much youth to draw from, Ward said there will be a lot of depth on the bench for the Lady Broncs.

“We're going to have a lot of kids. I think we're going to have 30 girls out for basketball, so hopefully we're going to find some strength in numbers. Hopefully, along the way, we'll develop some depth which will help us later on.”

While all of that youth will provide Burns with numbers on the bench, it also means some lack of varsity experience.

“We're going to be pretty inexperienced for the most part,” Ward said. “There are not a lot of kids that have gained a lot of varsity minutes. Some got a taste of it last year, but those were in substitute roles. They're going to be asked to play big minutes this year.”

Ward admits the schedule is going to be tough for his team this year.

“Pine Bluffs is going to be really good in our conference,” he said. “Big Horn, Tongue River and Southeast are all solid teams. In 2A Wyoming, especially for the girls, it has always been really competitive. You have to look for everybody to be good every night.”

Lady Bronc fans can look for a little change to the team this year.

“We're going to have a little different style of play,” said Ward. “We're also going to have a lot of new faces that fans may not be familiar with. We're going to continue some of the things we've done in the past, but hopefully we're going to do them better and there's going to be a lot of emphasis on our ability to defend.”

The Lady Broncs begin play Dec. 10 versus Moorcroft on the opening night of the Burns Winter Classic.


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