Overview: The Cougars won a prelim and then beat the top seed in Western C last year before losing to Madison in the regional semifinals.
Then, the program changed coaches. Karen Magnusson, the former Cony coach, returns to coaching after a year off. The Cougars return much of last year’s team including playmaker Lueders in the backcourt along with Daoud and post threats in Hutchins and Henderson. Dirigo is a deep squad with experience and balance. That should make them a threat in Western C once again.
Coach: Karen Magnusson (first year)
Last year’s record: 13-8, lost in Western C semifinal
Returning players: Seniors – Jessica Conant F, Kelsey Hutchins F, Rachel Knight G; Juniors – Mariah Lafleur G, Kenize Lord G, Lauren Henderson G/F, Emma Lueders G, Sabrina Daoud G; Sophomores – Kaicey Conant F, Olivia Noyes G
Key losses: Kelsey Wilson G, Lindsy Crutchfield G
Promising newcomers: Senior – Gabby Scott F; Sophomore – Brittney Greig G.