Sugarbeeter girls set to get 2018-19 season underway in Chester


December 5, 2018

Chinook Sugarbeeter 2018-19 Girls Basketball

The Chinook Sugarbeeter girls basketball team has been working hard in preparation for the 2018-19 season. The girls have been practicing for nearly three weeks now and are eager to play their first game. They will get that opportunity this Friday when they head to Chester to take part in the Hawk pre-season round kickoff tournament.

The 'Beeters are again under the direction of head coach Lesa MacLeod and return a strong group of seniors. Kourtney Hanson, Megan Molyneaux, Rachel Gunderson, Ashley MacLeod and Lincy Johnson are back for their senior season and will look to lead the team on and off the court.

The 'Beeters don't have any juniors out and will look to the sophomore class to help fill needed rolls for the team. Dalaney Kellam,Ginger Hanson, Jade Cecrle, Jayden Miller, Anna Getten, Shauntay Stiffarm and Lily Surber will look to fill those rolls.

Freshman out for their first taste of high school basketball are Tyla Richman, Allison Powell, Anna Morrow, Molly Halingstad and Kinley Roberts-Hamilton. The team is managed by Gracie Warburton.

The 'Beeters look to be contenders in the District 9C and are working hard to get back to the Northern C Divisional in Great Falls.

"We will return five experienced seniors, Megan Molyneaux, Kourtney Hanson, Ashley MacLeod, Lincy Johnson, and Rachel Gunderson," said Macleod. "We are looking to these girls for leadership on the court."

The underclassmen are expected to be solid contributors as well, "With no juniors playing this season, we will also be looking for contributions from sophomores Delaney Kellam, Lily Surber, and Ginger Hauer. As the season progresses, we may also have other sophomores or freshmen step up to help us as many girls are working hard in practice," said MacLeod

The team seems to be coming together early in the season and Macleod likes what she is seeing, " We have good athletes this season who know the game of basketball well. They will work hard at all times and we look to them to play tough hard-nosed defense. The girls have approached practice so far with enthusiasm and positive attitudes."

MacLeod added, "They work hard at all times and are very coachable. As the beginning of the season approaches, we are expecting to see the girls implement what we have worked on so far in practice. As the weeks progress, we are hoping to execute our game plans and make our presence known in a very competitive 9C district this year.

The 'Beeters will be in Chester Friday and Saturday taking part in the annual Chester/Joplin-Inverness kickoff Classic.

The girls will play the Sunburst Refiners on Friday and the Power Pirates on Saturday with tip off set for 2:30 both days. Both games are non-conference and will provide the girls a chance to get some game action under their belts before the District 9C season gets underway the following week.

The 'Beeters will host the Hays/Lodge Pole Thunderbirds on Friday December 14 and the travel to Big Sandy the following day to play the Pioneers.

The team will close out 2018 with a home game against the Chester/Joplin-Inverness Hawks on Friday, December 21 and then will take on the Box Elder Bears in Box Elder on December, 22 and the head into the Holiday break.

The 'Beeters will return to the court on Thursday, January 3 when they head east to face former Class B rival Harlem in a non-conference clash. The girls will play their first home contest of the new year on Saturday, January 5 when they will welcome the Turner Tornadoes to town.

They will close out the first half of the District 9C schedule with a road contest against the North Star Knights on Friday, January 11 and a home game against the Fort Benton Longhorns on Saturday, January 12. They will then play each of the teams one more time in the same order with the home teams swapping. The team will honor it's seniors in their final home game of the season, Friday, February 8 against the North Star Knights.

The District 9C Tournament will again be played in Havre at the High School gymnasium. The tournament will run February 13-16 with the top three teams advancing to the Northern C Divisional in Great Falls, February 20-23 at the Four Seasons Arena, The top two teams from there will advance to the State Tournament the following week, also in Great Falls.


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