The Boyer Valley girls had a season to remember on the basketball court a year ago.
BV went 14-1 to share the Rolling Valley Conference championship and wound up 20-3 overall in getting to within one game of the state tournament in Class 1A.
The Lady Bulldogs shared the RVC title with Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton after the two teams split their two regular season matchups.
And, it was Exira/EH-K that took out BV with a 66-41 victory over Larry Neilsen’s club in a regional final at Avoca.
BV’s only other loss a year ago came in a 61-49 defeat to a very good Logan-Magnolia team.
Neilsen, again, will guide BV into the 2018-19 season. It will be his 17th year on the bench.
BV was hit hard by graduation, though, as the Lady Bulldogs lost all five starters and seven players in all from last season’s club that won 14 consecutive league games before dropping its final RVC game to Exira/EH-K.
BV does return five letterwinners, including senior forward Chelsey Fundermann, who earned honorable mention all-conference recognition last winter.
Fundermann averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game a year ago.
Other returning veterans are seniors Katy Puck and Abby Burkhart, junior Marie Hanigan and sophomore Katelyn Neilsen.
Neilsen averaged 3.4 points per game and is the team’s top three-point shooter back after canning 16 from that range a year ago.
Puck averaged 1.4 points per game last winter, while Hanigan averaged 1.6 points per contest.
Filling out BV’s roster are juniors Regan Frazier, Taylor Klein and Abbie Miller; sophomores Zoe Reffit, Maria Soto, Lexi Miller, Kylie Petersen and Sarah Lantz; and freshmen Maci Miller, Makenzie Dumbaugh, Tara Bonsall, Jaci Petersen and Leah Cooper.
"The girls have the desire and commitment to work hard. We lost a lot of quality kids to graduation, so experience and depth are two of major concerns entering the season," commented Neilsen, who will assisted by John Kline (fourth year) and Julie Malone (first year).
When looking at this season’s RVC race, Neilsen feels that CAM, Exira/EH-K and Ar-We-Va are the three teams to watch.