Head coach: Jennifer Karner, 12th season
2016-17 record: 17-9 (8-4 Northwest, second)
Returning letter winners (starters): Eight (three)
Top players: G Madison Bocobo (Sr.), G Kendall Larson (Sr.), G Casey Proctor (Sr.), G Ellery Wilson (Sr.), F/C Kayla Proctor (Jr.)
Outlook: The Crusaders graduated only three seniors from last year’s squad, but they all were post players and were the team’s three leading rebounders, combining for nearly 20 boards per game.
“Last year, the Crusaders were seasoned veterans in the post,” Karner said. “This year, it’s a different story as the Crusaders are guard-heavy.”
Bocobo (8.9 points per game, 2.4 assists per game), Casey Proctor (6.7 ppg), Kayla Proctor (4.8 ppg, 3.9 rebounds per game) and Larson (4.4 ppg) were among the team’s top six scorers last year. Wilson (2.8 ppg, 4.5 apg) led the team in assists.
“They look to continue to improve as a program upon last year’s success and hopefully make a run in the playoffs,” Karner said.