Wolves girls 2019-20

Members of the IKM-Manning girls basketball team in 2019-20 are, front row, left to right: Taylor Ferneding, Macie Doyel, Lauren Danner, Nicole Hanson, Katy Wooster; back row: Gene Rasmussen (head coach), Zoey Nielsen (manager), Alexa Ahrenholtz, Bre Muhlbauer, Lexi Branning, Emily Kerkhoff, Bianca Cadwell, Taylor Gross (manager) and Joy Gross (assistant coach).

IKM-Manning has always fielded competitive girls’ basketball teams.

That should be the case once again in 2019-20, as veteran head coach Gene Rasmussen will suit up four returning letterwinners, including two starters from last year’s club that went 12-3 in the Western Iowa Conference and won 17 of its 22 games.

Rasmussen, who has a 20-year career coaching record of 399-89, will be joined on the bench for his 21st season by longtime assistant coach Joy Gross.

"Physicality and aggressive play will be our strengths, but we lack height and depth," commented Rasmussen, who has eight state tournament appearances to his credit, including three with IKM and five with IKM-Manning.

"We should be competitive in all of our games, though," the Wolves’ boss added.

Headlining the list of returning veterans for IKM-Manning are full-time starters in senior forward Lexi Branning and junior point guard Alexa Ahrenholtz.

Branning averaged 8.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game a year ago.

Ahrenholtz, on the other hand, led last year’s Wolves’ squad in scoring at 15 points per game with a team-high 40 three-point field goals.

Ahrenholtz also averaged 3.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.9 steals per game last winter.

The other two returning letterwinners are senior guard Emily Kerkhoff and junior guard Nicole Hanson.

Kerkhoff averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game a year ago, while Hanson averaged 5.0 points and 1.5 boards per contest.

Hanson also was second to Ahrenholtz in made three-point baskets with 21 to her credit a year ago.

Filling out IKM-Manning’s varsity roster are junior guard-forward Lauren Danner, junior forward Bre Muhlbauer, sophomore guard Bianca Cadwell, sophomore guard Macie Doyel, sophomore forward Taylor Ferneding and sophomore forward Katy Wooster.

The Wolves will open their regular season on Tuesday, December 3, against Underwood at Manning.

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