|11/28/11||Fulton (MCT)||Varsity||away||W 61-17|
|11/30/11||Clopton (MCT)||Varsity||away||L 53-47|
|12/02/11||Mexico (MCT)||Varsity||away||L 58-38|
|12/06/11||Quincy Notre Dame||Var/JV||away||L 73-30|
|12/12/11||Montgomery Co.||Var/JV||home||W 51-20|
|12/16/11||Wright City||Var/JV||home||W 60-40|
|12/20/11||Orchard Farm||Var/JV||home||W 57-21|
|01/03/12||Mark Twain||Varsity||home||W 49-17|
|01/16/12||Mark Twain||Varsity||PAL||W 59-26|
|01/18/12||Monroe City||Varsity||PAL||L 36-30|
|02/02/12||Wright City||Var/JV||away||W 63-25|
|02/14/12||Montgomery Co.||Var/JV||away||W 55-23|
|02/17/12||Orchard Farm||Var/JV||away||W 45-31|
|2/27/12||(7)South Shelby||Districts||Highland||7:30 PM|
A buzzer-beating three-pointer in the district semifinal last year ended a surprisingly good season for the young Lady Bobcats. Entering his fourth year of coaching at Bowling Green, Bobby Spoonster has yet to have less than 20 wins in a season. He noted that while the team looked to be in line for a huge season, the program suffered a blow losing point guard Tara Schuckenbrock to an ACL injury. While she might be able to play toward the end of the season, Spoonster said the girls have regrouped and are pushing forward with a winning spirit and positive attitudes.
We’re going to be exposed right off the bat playing in the Montgomery County Tournament going up against four teams that had more than 20 wins last year, and then facing Quincy Notre Dame. Our weaknesses and problems will be exposed but that’s o.k. We’re just going to have to work that much harder. Some kids like Kelsey Horner, Kylie Conrow and others are going to have to grow up fast. And those with experience like Sadie Pafford, Kelsey Scherder, Lorrin Christensen and Courtney Kadlec are going to have to play even bigger to make up for the loss of Schuckenbrock. We’ve had to work on the fundamentals. Losing Tara was disruptive to the offense, but we already have girls working hard to step up and learn new positions. Obviously we came into the season with high hopes. When you lose a kid like Tara it’s going to be tough but our motto is “No Excuses, No Explanations.” We’re not going to let the loss of Tara be our excuse. We want to keep our expectations high and keep working to the same goals we had before losing Tara.
This is one of the best teams I’ve ever had as far as chemistry goes. They’re not selfish. They pick each other up and genuinely like each other. It makes practices more effective and fun. And we’ve had Tara at every practice. She’s like another coach of the floor. She knows the game and my expectations. She can answer questions and encourage them…she’s been an ideal teammate. You have to give them all a lot of credit. They’re a great group of kids. And with time it will all come together.
We have a tough schedule without a doubt. We play a lot of really good non-conference schools and the EMO is challenging. Our goal, of course, will be to defend the big school conference title again and compete for a district championship again. More than anything we’re just going to try to get better with every game and be competitive every night. We’re definitely not going to take anything for granted.