Lady Pirates Back for More Success
By Sam Brauen Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:20:05 PM
The Bluffton Lady Pirate basketball squad will take to the court Friday evening as they open their season in the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament. Four starters return from the 2016-17 team that finished second in the Northwest Conference with a 7-1 record and went 17-7 overall.
Juniors Alivia Koenig, Averey Rumer and Katie Prater bring a wealth of experience as they have started since their freshman seasons. Sophomore Kayla White started a majority of games last season. Ashley Eachus, Brinkley Garmatter and Libby Schaadt all earned valuable varsity minutes last season and will be relied upon this year.
Koenig averaged 14.5 points per game and is deadly behind the three point line as well as a superb ball handler. Last season, Rumer averaged 12.1 points per contest and grabbed a team high 7.2 rebounds per game as she was able to find success in the paint as well as remaining a threat from the outside. Prater averaged 6 points and 3 rebounds per contest and brings a consistent defensive presence as well as capable outside shooting. White added depth on defense and averaged 3 points per game. Eachus and Schaadt will add depth to the post game and Brinkley Garmatter brings energy to the floor. Freshmen Laykin Garmatter, Grace Myers and Cierra Ackerman round out the roster. There are no seniors on this year’s squad. The only starter not returning is Abbie Parkins who is playing for Bluffton University after scoring over 1,000 points in her BHS career.
Two new squads dots the schedule as the Pirates will travel to North Baltimore and host Arcadia in December contests. The Lady Pirates host Columbus Grove January 25 in a rematch of the top two NWC teams from a year ago. Additionally, the Lady Pirates will be playing in renovated Pirate gymnasium with updated seating and color scheme.
Coach Eric Garmatter enters his sixth season under the helm of the program. Garmatter owns a 73-64 record.