Liz Tieskoetter is the lone senior and letter winner for the Lady Warriors for the 2019-20 season. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Liz Tieskoetter is the lone senior and letter winner for the Lady Warriors for the 2019-20 season. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Some underclassmen will be asked to step up this season for the South Winn girls’ basketball team.

The Warriors will be looking for a blend of their returning letter winner and some freshmen and sophomores aiming for spots on varsity.

Putting together the team is new head coach Kayla Ross with Justin Izer as her assistant.

“As a team we are a mentally tough group of young women. We strive to better ourselves both physically and mentally every practice and game,” said Coach Ross. “Our team culture is inclusive and overall very positive.”


A year in review

There was no shortage of senior leadership as the Warriors featured six letter winners and several underclassmen. However, that blend didn’t always produce wins. The squad went 8-7 in a strong Upper Iowa Conference, taking sixth overall.

The postseason started with a strong effort, as the Warriors knocked off Postville 66-17 in the Class 2A first round at home. South Winn avenged a pair of regular season UIC losses to MFL MarMac (20-2) in the regional quarterfinal, stunning the Bulldogs, 54-42. With hopes of beating another 20-win team, the Lady Warriors traveled to take on defending state champs and No. 5 Cascade (20-1), falling 46-20 to finish the season with an 11-11 overall record.

Graduating at the end of the season were Sadie McGee, Shira Hageman, Gracie Schmitt, Ashley Kriener, ZeAnna Phillips and Vanessa Hageman.

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