Girls’ basketball aims for success in new season


Bella Szarzynski

Senior captain Allie Coughlin takes a three-point shot in practice.

Coming off of a devastating loss in last year’s section semifinal game to Holy Family 61-66, the BSM girls’ basketball team strives to redeem themselves this upcoming season and take back Section 6AAA title.

The team will face an obstacle right out of the gate in replacing graduated players Grace Coughlin, Liz Nicholson, Taylor Rogers, Molly Kopp, and Megan Katopodis, who all played key roles in last year’s success. However, under the leadership of senior captains Gretchen Sattler, Sydney Liebl, Allie Coughlin, and Azzaria Jackson-Sherrod, this problem should be solved immediately. “I think this year all of us captains: Allie Coughlin, AJ Jackson-Sherrod, Sydney Liebl and myself all need to step up to lead the team and make sure that everyone works together and help out the younger players,” Sattler said.

With the addition of BSM to the Metro West Conference, the tough schedule poses a problem for the team, who will be playing against powerhouses Richfield and Chaska. Sattler, however, believes it will be more helpful than anything for the team in the long run. “The new conference will be a challenge. It is going to be tougher competition, and it includes teams that we haven’t played before, which will make it harder to know their playing styles. However, I think since the competition in conference is harder I think, it is going to better prepare us for when our section games come around,” Sattler said.

The Red Knights first season game is on December 2 at 5:30PM at St. Anthony Village High School. Their first home game will be on Friday, December 5th hosting the Spring Lake Park Panthers in the Haben Center, and this game should prove to set the tempo for the rest of the season. “I think the beginning of the season might be a little tough, but ultimately I think we will end up doing well and have a good chance to making it to state,” Sattler said.