(Leadwood) The West County Bulldogs girls basketball team has been one of the most dominant in the area in recent years and will look to build off that impressive resume in the 2020-21 season.
West County has averaged just over 19 wins per season over the past five and capped off last season at 22-8.
Head coach Bobby Simily says they have improved depth and just as high of expectations as ever, even during what is expected to be a challenging season.
West County graduated three players from last year’s team – Makenzie Simily, Madelyn Whitter, and Chloe Young.
They return perhaps the most talented girls basketball player in the area in Dori McRaven who now enters her senior season as a three-time All-Conference and All-District selection with over 1000 career points scored.
The rest of the returners have plenty of talent in their own right.
Madalyn Herrera will be the only other senior on the team with two juniors, Claire LaBruyere and Claire Stevens, and a bevy of underclassmen including sophomores Alivia and Morgan Simily and Lily James.
Even with lofty goals for the season, Simily says the primary focus will be keeping the team on the court all year and have them playing their best basketball come playoff time.
The biggest challenge for basketball coaches this year is the uncertainty that the season presents with the ongoing pandemic.
Simily breaks down his message to his team on how to approach the unknowns of this year.
West County is already (1-0) on the season after an opening-round victory over Valley Caledonia in the 31st Annual Valley Girls Tournament.
Full Interview with Bobby Simily: