The Crocker Lady Lions are looking at improving from last season’s rebuilding year. They are coming off a 5-18 season with many young players returning. They were 2-6 in conference play last year and took a tough loss in districts last year to the Stoutland Tigers 64-55.
The Lady Lions will begin their season on November 11th in Waynesville at the Frisco/Show Me Shootout at the Waynesville High School and Waynesville Middle School.
   
Coaching Staff
The Lady Lions are being coached by second year Head Coach Mike Austin. He has a 204-186 record in his 16 years of coaching experience. He is assisted this year by Peter Bryant.
Head Crocker Coach Mike Austin said this about the upcoming season,”I am looking forward to this season as it will be my second year with the girls and they know more of what we want to do as a team. I think we will be a lot quicker as a team and will try to use that to create pressure and force our opponents to turn the ball over. We are not a great shooting team so our defense will have to give us a chance to win each night.’
He also said this about the conference and district play, “I believe the conference race goes through Licking this year. This is a tough conference and anyone can beat anyone on any given night. All game will be key for us this year as we try to find our identity. I believe our District is wide open and could be won by any of the eight teams.”

Returning Starters
The Lady Lions have six girls who will be their key players this year. They will be rotated in the starting position to help the team during some long weeks.
Junior Macey Connell will have a heavy weight on her shoulder this year as she enters the new season as the top scorer and rebounder on the team. She averaged 10.4 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. She also earned honorable mention last year in the Frisco League.
Head Crocker Lions Girls Basketball Coach Mike Austin said this about Macey Connell, “Macey is a good post player who can step out and knock down jumpers if you're not careful. We look for Macey to be our enforcer in the paint.”
Sophomore Morgan Wall will be the next Lady Lion to help the team. She is coming a good season which she scored 3.8 points per game and 1.5 rebounds last year.
Head Crocker Coach Mike Austin said this about Wall, “Morgan is a tough Defender and will be asked to guard other team's best perimeter players. She can knock down the three and is able to at the basket as well.”
Senior Lindy Parrish scored 2.7 points per game last year and brought down 1.9 rebounds per game. She is moving to the wing this year as last year she was the point player.
Head Crocker Coach Mike Austin said this about her versatility on the court, “She is a very versatile player and will be look to provide some very nice perimeter scoring.”
    Senior Kaitlyn Gambill is going to be the Lady Lions multipurpose player. She averaged 2.6 points per game and brought down three rebounds a game.
Head Crocker Lions Mike Austin Coach said this about her, “She (Gambill) can be dangerous from the three point line when she is hot.”
Sophomore Abigail Posten will be another key Lady Lion this year. She is returning with 2 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game. She will be the main crocker player to run the point position this year.
Head Coach Mike Austin said this about her speed, “She is very quick and will use that quickness to drive to the basket where she can finish or dish the ball to open teammates.”
Sophomore Mariah Dean will the the sixth girl to add to the Lady Lions Starting lineup this year. She averaged 1.8 points per game and brought down 2.3 rebounds per game. Head Coach Mike Austin said this about her play on the court, “Mariah is another good defender and will man a wing position for us (Crocker Lady Lions). She will use her quickness to get by defenders and drive to the basket.”
   
New Players
The Lady Lions are adding four new members to the varsity level this year. They include a freshman, two sophomores, and a junior.
Sophomore Chloe Moss is a player who will help the Lady Lions come off the bench and provide great interior defense.
Sophomore and All Conference and All DIstrict Runner is moving to the varsity level for the Lady Lions this year with her six foot height.
Head Coach Mike Austin said this about her play, “Madison will help us inside and provide us with another good rebounder.”
Junior Maggie Fancher is returning to the Lady Lions after a year away. She is another strong rebounder to help the team.
Freshman Megan Becker will use her 5’8” size to help the Lady Lions this year. She is a player that will handle the ball and play inside and outside the post.