(Annapolis) For as impressive as the boys team has been at South Iron the girls basketball squad has been even better. Over the last four years they’ve compiled a combined record of 91-24 with four district titles and two appearances in the state semi finals. Last season, the Panthers went 25-5 before having their season ended by Platte Valley in the Class 1 semi finals 43-34. Head coach Lawrence Graves lost two key seniors in Michaela Ayers and Callie Miller, but he’s as ecstatic as ever about this year’s team.
Anna Parker and Enzley Dinkins will be the two freshman stepping in and trying to fill the vacancy of Ayers and Miller. However, there’s still an Ayers on the Panthers squad in Madison Ayers. Madi averaged 14 points per game, just over 3 assists and almost 6 steals a year ago as an All State player for South Iron. She’ll be the leader of a Panthers offense that coach Graves thinks is the most well rounded he’s had in years. He says this years goal is to get back to that final four, but it all starts with another district championship.
South Iron started their season with a victory over Bismarck 99-7 this past Saturday in the Valley Caledonia Invite and will now play a solid St. Paul Lutheran team on Wednesday.
Full Interview with Head Coach Lawrence Graves: