Cameron is aiming for yet another successful girls basketball season. The Comets finished 21-5 a year ago, winning the Central Lakeland Conference with an 11-1 mark before losing a 51-49 heartbreaker to Colfax in a Div. 4 sectional semifinal.
The Comets have an amazing record of 143-34 since the 2011-12 season. Coach Kim Weber – who took over for Tom Moon in the fall of 2016 – had a lot of talent to replace this season, as Kiara Hestad, Morgan Warner, Ali Kringle, Maddy Otto, Carli Wanink and Alexis Scalzo were all lost to graduation. Otto and Wanink were First Team All-Conference selections, while Warner made the Second Team.
Hannah Zimmerman was an Honorable Mention pick last season and is back for her senior season to lead a group of five returning lettermen.
“Hannah is our ‘Mighty Mite,’” Weber said. “She may be small, but she is aggressive, determined and does a lot of great things for us. She also sees the court very well and does a nice job handling the ball.
“We will be looking for her to have a very good season and be a main contributor on offensive. We will also be looking for her to be a team leader on and off the floor, as she has four years of varsity experience. Hannah averaged 8.2 points per game last year.”
Also returning to the floor for Cameron are seniors Tori Gerber, Sydney Lucas, Brianna Crotteau and Anna Jaeger. Coach Weber commented on those girls, along with others who she expects to contribute to the varsity club.
“Tori Gerber is another player who is small but fierce. She is also very aggressive, fast and does some really good things for us. We will be looking for her also to be a team leader on and off the court, and a main contributor on offense as well. Tori averaged 6.7 points per game last year.
“Sydney Lucas got some good minutes with our varsity last year. We are looking for her to step up her game this year and be a contributor on both the offensive and defensive side. She is another very determined, aggressive competitor. She also does a nice job at point guard and seeing the court well.
“I am hoping seniors Brianna Crotteau, Anna Jaeger and Kylie Crotteau all step up and help us out on the boards this year,” the coach continued. “I have one junior, Kennady Sevals, who is also very quick and court-smart. Sophomores Izzy Thompson and Avery Krahenbuhl are also very aggressive and competitive players and will help us out.”
Also new to the varsity roster are senior Payton Sevals and freshman Maddie Wall.
“This is Payton Sevals’ first year on varsity, as she had an injury that held her back last year,” Weber said. “Payton is one of the fastest kids I have seen. She is really good at picking off passes. I look for her to help defensively and be a main contributor on offense as well.
“Maddie Wall is very fundamentally sound. She does not play like a freshman. She is a great shooter and also can bring the ball down the floor. She sees the court really well. She makes everyone she plays with so much better. I look for her to be a main contributor on offense as well.”
The coach is excited for another season and expects her Comets to compete for the league title.
Clayton, which finished second to Cameron in the Central Lakeland standings last year, made it all the way to Div. 5 state semifinals before losing 57-54 to eventual champion Bangor. The Bears didn’t have a single senior on the roster last year. Clear Lake was third in league play.
“We are looking forward to a great season,” Weber said. “The girls have been working hard since last season. They are hungry and determined to reach their dreams.
“We expect to be competing with Clayton and Clear Lake for a conference title. Our girls have big goals and dreams, and are very determined to achieve them!”
Cameron will open the season by hosting Ladysmith on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and play at Prescott a week later.