The Silver Lake Mustangs return four starters and six letter winters from a last year’s 14-8 squad. Seniors Abbie Skupa and Makayla Dinkler lead the way for the Mustangs helping turn their program around from their 2-19 freshman season.
“This group of seniors is special, they have worked very hard to make this program competitive again,” said Mustangs head coach Joshua Drake. “They have been all in on everything, they have wanted to learn and have asked questions and then followed it up by working extremely hard. They push themselves and their teammates to get better every single day.”
Skupa returns as one of the region’s top returners averaging 15 points per game and seven rebounds per game.
Along with Skupa and Dinkler, junior Kerigan Karr and sophomore Amanda Ehrman return to the starting lineup for the Mustangs. Others looking to step into bigger roles are junior Madison Miller and sophomore Katelynn Karr.
Drake has been impressed with the leadership and experience his upperclassmen have shown so far.
“We want to play faster so we have been working really hard at that and our older girls have really stepped up and set the tone,” commented Drake. “They have all played almost every game since they were freshman and really lead in different ways, it’s been nice to see them step into those roles”
The Mustangs are also looking for good things out of their six freshman.
“Our freshman as a whole have really been impressive at this stage,” Drake said. “None of them have to come in and have the pressure of being a huge contributor right away, I think a couple of them could help us down the road but they can just settle into the speed of the game and get things figured out.”
Drake is expecting a lot out of his squad this year and is excited about what the season has in store.
“We could have a special season if everyone stays healthy and we continue to focus on the little things.”