RED CLOUD — Casey Fangmeyer established a standard in Red Cloud for his girls basketball team when he led a team of six players to the state tournament three years ago.
But the road since then has been trying for the Warriors. And this year the hill seems even steeper as there is going to be no sizable post player in the lane to depend on points from.
The younger of the Nibbe girls, Mary, graduated, and now both of the athletically gifted sisters are in college.
Mary averaged 18.3 points last season for a team that averaged roughly 40. Fellow seniors Julia Shipman and Hannah Vance averaged 12.2 points, and 4.7 points, respectively.
The tallest player Fangmeyer listed on his preview sheet is 5-foot, 4-inches; Beau Lewis, and Marissa Hersh each stand at that height.
The Warriors have three returning starters in Michaela Chiplaski, Hunter Watts, and Lewis. Chiplaski averaged 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game last year. Watts averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds, and Lewis averaged 1.0 points and 2.4 rebounds.
“This year’s group will need to mature quickly,” Fangmeyer said. “We have some girls with playing experience, but relied heavily last year on the shoulders of Mary Nibbe and Julia Shipman. We will need to develop fundamentally and learn how to play at a varsity level.”