Troy Buchanan girls basketball

Troy, Mo. - Troy Buchanan’s girls basketball team faced a great deal of ups-and-down during its 2020-2021 season.

Despite that, the Trojans won five of its final six regular-season contests entering the Class 6 District 7 Tournament before losing to host Holt in the championship game on March 4.

Two key players from that team have graduated, but coach Damond Lacy said his team has a great deal of talent returning for the upcoming season.

“We graduated four-year starter Makenna DeClue and two-year starter Morgan Shields. Both were great kids that brought a level of toughness and competitiveness to our program that will be missed,” said Lacy, whose Trojans finished 15-10 last season. “This year’s team returns a core group of seniors who all started games at some point during last year’s season. Maggie Illig, Gabi Cook, Kinsey Dueker, Jordan Starkey and Alivia all saw quality minutes. 

Maggie and Gabi are four-year starters who will provide scoring and defensive toughness. Kinsey was the conference leading rebounder last year and has increased her strength and skill level. Jordan and Alivia are quality guards that can provide defensive sparks on a nightly basis.”

The Trojans have some new additions Lacy hopes will make an instant contribution in 2021-2022.

“Senior Grace Justus returns this year from an ACL injury and will see minutes in the point guard position, and senior Reagan Berra has come out this year and will add more depth to our program,” he said. “Senior Sarah Means is a new student/athlete from Idaho and will add height and athleticism to our program. She will be a great addition to our senior-laden varsity team. 

“Sophomore Lily Robinson will see varsity minutes filling in the post position. Freshman guard Ava Meyers will round out the varsity team, and has the potential to contribute more and more as the season progresses.”

Lacy said with the talent he has up and down the roster, he feels Troy has the chance to get back to the district title game in 2022.

“There are high expectations for this team as we look to compete for conference and district titles,” Lacy said. “I am excited for this season and ready to start playing.”