Returning its top two scorers, the Borgia basketball Lady Knights are looking forward to the 2017-18 season.

Head Coach Stacia Houlihan reported 26 girls came out for the team at all levels. She feels this will give the school strong teams at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels.

“We have a well-balanced team and some key returning players,” Houlihan said. “We have some great talent that will come off the bench and keep the pressure on the opposing teams. I am excited to see the competitiveness of this group.”

Borgia went 16-11 overall last season, 6-2 in Archdiocesan Athletic Association action. The Lady Knights won the Lutheran South Tournament, finished second at their own tournament and third in the Union Tournament. Borgia lost to Pacific in the district semifinals.

Borgia’s senior night will be short this season and that’s because the team has only one final-year player, guard Cassidy Moss. The Rockhurst University recruit averaged 14.3 points per game last season while adding 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Moss is a four-year varsity starter. She missed much of her sophomore year due to injury. She is capable of knocking down three-point baskets, but was more successful in driving to the basket last season. She was honored by the AAA Large Division and was on The Missourian All-Area second team.

One of the reasons Moss doesn’t have to be the main outside shooter is junior Grace Gettemeier. A guard, she’s in her third year on the varsity and she was the top three-point shooter last night, hitting 63 from beyond the arc. She averaged 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 points per game. She was an All-Area honorable mention pick.

Overall, Borgia has seven juniors, five with varsity experience.

Dani Kimminau averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. Her primary role was as a defensive guard.

Josie Lindemann played forward, averaging 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest.

Anya Castelli and Sophia Landwehr, both guards, saw some playing time. Castelli played in nine games while Landwehr saw action in 15 contests.

Juniors moving up from the JV are Britney Harriman and Lynnae Grus.

Julia Struckhoff, a sophomore, saw action in 21 games and averaged 1.5 points per game on the varsity level. Houlihan said she could become a key player for the team at the end of last year.

One freshman, Avery Lackey, made the varsity team. Lackey brings height to the lineup.

Borgia graduated four players from last year’s team, Chelsea Pohl, Sydney Carr, Meghan Seibert and Haley Herbst.

Borgia will host a jamboree Monday, Nov. 13, against Lutheran St. Charles and Trinity. The event tips off at 5:30 p.m.

Borgia’s first real game comes against Festus in the Lutheran South Tournament Tuesday, Nov. 28, starting at 4 p.m.

The first home game will be against Hermann Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Other highlights of the season include a shootout at St. Joseph’s Academy Saturday, Jan., 6, the Union Tournament (Jan. 8-13) and the Borgia Tournament (Jan. 29-Feb. 3).