By Kai Raymer (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
The 2019-20 season will go down as a fantastic one for the Norwood Excessive College ladies’ basketball staff.
The Woman Pirates gained a district championship for the primary time in 14 years. Additionally they gained 20 or extra video games for the third time in 5 years.
Regardless of some important lineup adjustments forward, the Woman Pirates are aiming for an additional postseason push.
Norwood’s returning lineup encompasses a pair of seniors in twins Sierra Cornelison and Keyera Cornelison.
Each are sturdy defensive gamers who will see elevated roles this season.
Sierra is a two-year starter. Keyera led Norwood in subject purpose share final season, taking pictures 53% from the sector.
“Sierra has a very good shot past the arc and is aware of the sport effectively,” stated Norwood coach Shannon Crain. “Keyera’s an undersized submit participant who has the grit to make up for any peak misplaced.”
Junior guard Cassie Chadwell is Norwood’s high returning scorer. She averaged 7.1 factors per recreation final season and led Norwood in fees drawn with 12.
“She is ready to drive in addition to shoot from the skin,” Crain stated. “We have now excessive expectations that this might be her breakout yr.”
Sophomore Cassie Wright will take over the purpose guard function for Norwood. She’s additionally a confirmed risk from deep after taking pictures 57% on 3-pointers as a freshman.
“She has a number of potential together with her quickness,” Crain stated. “Towards the top of season, she began gaining extra confidence.”
Final season, the Woman Pirates defeated Chadwick 46-37 within the Class 1 District 4 Event finals. It was Norwood’s first district title since 2006.
Norwood would go on to lose by two (47-45) to South Iron within the Class 1 sectional spherical and end 20-6 general.
Norwood graduated a small however excellent senior class in Josie Sullivan, Payton Drake and Dakota Anderson.
Sullivan completed as Norwood’s third all-time main scorer.
She did all of it for Norwood final season, main the Woman Pirates in factors (19.1 ppg), rebounds (11.1 rpg), steals and blocked photographs. Sullivan was named to the Class 1 all-state staff.
“She was a scoring risk each inside and outside,” Crain stated. “Her athleticism might be exhausting to interchange.”
Sullivan now performs for Baptist Bible Faculty in Springfield.
Drake was a dynamic passer who helped run Norwood’s offense. She tallied a team-high 118 assists.
“Her passing potential might be exhausting to interchange,” Crain stated. “Payton knew the sport effectively and the methods that go together with it.”
Anderson was a three-year varsity participant and stuffed a precious function off the bench.
“She contributed drastically to our rebounding and had a few video games the place she began,” Crain stated.
The Woman Pirates may also be lacking a significant piece from their lineup in sophomore Kaytlynn Drake. She suffered a knee harm over the summer time and can miss the season.
Kaytlynn Drake had an outstanding rookie season as Norwood’s level guard.
She made a team-high 65 3-pointers and set a faculty file for many whole factors as a freshman. She was Norwood’s second-leading scorer at 14.3 factors per recreation.
“We pray she is going to recuperate effectively and be prepared for an additional sturdy season subsequent yr as a junior,” Crain stated.
Newcomers to observe embody sophomore Chloe Tinsley, who will give Norwood depth and protection within the backcourt.
“She has a fantastic angle,” Crain stated. “Chloe will must be our defensive specialist.”
Freshmen Brooke Johnson and Hailey Corridor might make a direct influence.
Each attended junior excessive at Skyline final faculty yr.
“These two must be taught the varsity stage rapidly,” Crain stated. “We have now excessive hopes that they’ll step in instantly and contribute.”
Norwood opens the common season November 23 at Chadwick.