Who returns for the girls team?

Coach Ben Van Wyk feels he is working with a more experienced team than last year when he took over the helm as Ogden girls basketball coach. A number of them he says were playing varsity for the first time last year on a struggling team that finished 8-15.

That experience has gotten them off to a good start on the new season as they are undefeated through their first four games.

The Bulldogs graduated their leading scorer Ashton Boggess who averaged 12 points per game. Senior Abby Langel looks to be filling her shoes quite nicely and has put up 18 points in each of her first two outings. 

Other scorers returning are Meredith Adreon, a junior who average 6.2 points a game last year; junior Gabby Ross at 5.5 points and senior Allea Klauenberg, averaging 5 points. Newcomers who are expected to see some varsity playing time are Margo Christensen and Joelle Consier.

While Adreon will be leading at the point guard spot, Van Wyk says they are still figuring out rotations and different line-up combinations. 

“Our strength is our perimeter shooting,” says the coach. “And our ability to throw a number of different line-ups and looks at opposing defenses.” 

They will need every advantage as the conference looks to be very competitive once again. According to Van Wyk, Panorama who finished with a 23-2 record and were conference champions, returns arguably the two best players in the conference. Last year’s runner-up Des Moines Christian has their leading scorer back and a number of all-conference selections. Van Meter ended the season at 13-10, but returns their entire team.

Coach Van Wyk is assisted by Micah Hales and Jared Adreon.