There’s no doubt as to the eventual girls basketball champion of the Suburban Small Six. The coaches tab Staley as a near unanimous choice.

There’s no doubt as to the eventual girls basketball champion of the Suburban Small Six.

The coaches tab Staley as a near unanimous choice. Platte County finished second in the voting followed by Kearney, Oak Park and Grandview and the new Liberty North tied for fifth. A coach couldn’t rank his own team.

Brynn Williamson, Bree Fowler and Kelsey McConnell return from a 19-9 Staley team. Also returning is Marissa Ellis, who missed all of last season because of a ACL injury and Bianca Abbate, after transferring to Bishop Miege.

“We are very excited with the return of our point guard in Ellis,” coach Melissa Krog Savaiinaea said. “She will be a strong contributor this year. We have a strong group of ladies returning and we are looking forward to what the season has in store for us.

Others expected to contribute are Kelsey McConnell and Janay Stone.

PLATTE COUNTY

Another strong Platte County season is expected because of letter winners Taylor Johnson, Kelsey Knox, Kacy Williams, Taylor Sellers, Brelann Lawler, Emily Wagner and Alisla Hoskins.

“We have seven seniors and have a lot of experience,” coach Chris Stubbs said. “We should be competitive this year.”

The Pirates come off a banner 20-6 season.

KEARNEY

Veteran coach Herb Webster has perhaps the conference’s most experienced team.

Nine letter winners, Michaela Brinkley, Jenni Hartzler, Allison Paul, Mackenzie Cook, Cassidy Lee, Kim Breyfogle, Brooke Thuston, Morgan Hartzler and transfer Samantha Kixmiller from California will lead the Bulldogs.

“We lost one senior and have six girls returning that started the majority of the games,” said Webster. “The experience we have returning plus we have good overall height for a better inside game to go along with our strong three-point shooting. We have to improve our rebuilding and eliminate the unforced turnovers.”

Kearney, which moved to Class 5, was 17-11 last year.

OAK PARK

Anthony Abott’s second year at Oak Park could be better than last season’s 10-15 because of returning letter winners Amber Dreher, Jamie Stock, Dani Wilkerson, Abby Stockard, Katie Ketchulte and Kelly Meek

“We have a pretty experienced team coming back,” Abbott said. “We are hopeful that the experience pays off. We have a tough schedule but I’m confident that we’ll play well.”

GRANDVIEW

Letter winners Jasmine Green, D’Andrea Blow and Lachelle Jones will lead the Bullogs, who come off a 7-18 season..

“We will be a guard oriented team that will be competitive because of junior leadership,” coach Shannon B. Moore said. “Three players with varsity experience is a strength and weakness for us. We will be undersized in some games but competitive.”

LIBERTY NORTH

North plays its first season without any seniors and letter winners.

“We are excited about the young players we have and the energy they will bring to the court this season,” coach Saree Morley said.”

Suburban Small Six

Girls Basketball Poll

School    1    2    3    4    5        TP

1. Staley    5    0    0    0    0        5

2. Platte County    1    4    0    0    0        9

3. Kearney    0    2    3    0    0        13

4. Oak Park    0    0    3    2    0        17

5. Grandview    0    0    0    2    3        23

6. Liberty North    0    0    0    2    3        23