First-year Platte Canyon High School girls basketball coach Reesha Curtis will be depending upon a core group of returning players this season to improve upon last year’s overall record of 1-18.

Last year’s Lady Huskies began showing signs of life with improved defense and more aggressive overall play toward the end of the season, and got their first victory in their final regular season contest against Bruce Randolph, 40-34.

In 2018-19, there was only one senior on a roster that included five freshmen, three sophomores and a junior. While still dominated by underclassmen, the 2019-20 squad should benefit from more continuity.

A number of statistical leaders on the team are part of the freshman/sophomore core that should be even more effective after having gained considerable playing time a year ago. In fact, each of this season’s returning players appeared in 14 or more games in 2018-19.

Three returning players, in particular, appear ready to take considerable steps forward after ranking among the team’s top contributors last season.

Chyann Kelly led the Huskies in scoring last season at 8.8 points per contest. As a freshman, she demonstrated that she is willing to and able to put the ball up from long range. Kelly dropped 21 three-pointers last season, and was by far the Huskies’ most formidable offensive threat.

Aspen Riesdberg, a junior, has the capacity to change games with her intensity and athleticism. Riesdberg has a terrific motor and causes opponents problems on both ends of the floor. Riesdberg averaged six points per game last season while pulling down a team-leading 7.5 rebounds per game. She also led the team in steals with just over two per contest.

As a sophomore, Amy Bezzant was a force inside and averaged 6.7 rebounds per game. Bezzant, who also averaged four points per contest, is a multi-sport athlete who contributes height, leadership and much-needed tenacity for the Huskies.

Rounding out the list of returning players will be Hannah Grover, Harley Bode, Angel Beck, Lottie Borowski, Kaitlyn Cummings, Danielle McKinney and Elizabeth McKinney.

The Huskies will open their season on the road against Buena Vista Dec. 5, and will return home Dec. 11 for a contest against Clear Creek.

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