It’s been since 2016 that Shelbyville Golden Bear girls basketball finished above.500 going 12-11. Before that, you have to go back to the 2006-07 squad that finished 18-5.
Is this a season when the Golden Bears can push for that elusive mark?
Returning 95% of the team’s scoring and 83% of the rebounding along with going into a second season under Coach Becca Hoefler is a good starting point.
Shelbyville (4-20 last season) scrimmaged Morristown Saturday at Garrett Gym. Hoefler talks about what she liked in this early appearance.
Opposing coaches know where the scouting report on the Golden Bears begins. Sophomore Kylee Edwards, 5’7” guard, scored in double figures in all but one game as a freshman on the way to leading the team in scoring (15.1), rebounding (5.0), assists (2.8) and steals (3.7).
Junior Madison Phares, 6’0” forward, averaged 5.9 pts, 4.6 rebounds per game last season.
It may be some challenge to tell two of the Golden Bears players apart, at least, in their style of game. Senior Megan Eads, 5’3” guard, returns after finishing second on the team with 26-made 3-pointers. Cheyenne Eads, 5’3” freshman, will also offer a perimeter option.
Coach Hoefler’s squad played man-to-man defense in Saturday’s scrimmage. She says there’s more to come in that part of the game.
Shelbyville opens the regular season later than many teams. The season opener is November 10 at Waldron. Hoefler says in 2020 that’s not a bad thing.