Bayard basketball teams working hard
     2013-12-19      By Lauren Smith-Kuckkahn    laurensmithkuckkahn@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Lauren Smith-Kuckkahn/Gering Citizen - Members of the Bayard girls’ basketball team are front row from the left are, Megan Stuart, Haley Sauer, Rachel Frerichs; middle row, Miah Vera, Kaylie Fiscus, Mandi Cottrell, Chellani Parriott, Kristina McGann, Jessi Smith; back row, Taisha Crider, Brittany Sauer, Amber Willey, Chelby Huck, Madi Schuller, Kenzie Harimon and Sadie McGann. 
The Bayard Tigers have something to look forward to with their girls' team this year, as the team is showing the best athletic talents it has had in several years, according to head coach Roger Russell.

“We have good senior leadership and experience. We’re probably a better athletic team than we’ve been in the last several years,” Russell said. “The players are just more athletic. They’re better athletes and we’re trying to make them into better basketball players.”

“Our three seniors are Megan Stuart (5’9), Rachel Frerichs (5’11), and Haley Sauer (5’8). All three started as sophomores so that is where the experience comes from,” Russell said.

He said junior Chellani Parriott, 5’7, and sophomores Miah Vera, 5’5, Kaylie Fiscus, 5’7, and Jessi Smith, 5’5, will be out on the court often this season. Junior Mandi Cottrell, 5’4, will also be playing a lot, Russell said.

He said the team’s goal is to be in the top four at the Western Trails Conference this year.

“We want to have a winning record,” Russell said. “And of course, we want to have a season we can enjoy, and have fun at it."

He said the team members still need to improve on shooting, rebounding, and turnovers, skills that he and assistant coach Jennifer Kriha are working on with them.

“We’ve seen improvement in these areas, but we still need to see more improvement,” Russell said.

The roster this year will include junior Kristina McGann, 5’7. Sophomores Amber Willey, 5’5 and Brittany Sauer, 5’5, are also on the team. Freshmen players are: Lauren Petersen, 5’9; Sadie McGann, 5’2; Chelbey Huck, 5’5; Madi Schuller, 5’5; Kenzie Harimon, 5’6; Taisha Crider, 5’1; and Sayla Clarke, 5’8.

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