The Clinton River Queens really are starting over.
They have a new coach and almost entirely new roster for the 2019-2020 basketball season.
They kicked off with a preseason scrimmage against Class 2A Northeast last week, once that ended in a dominant loss for Clinton. Brand new head coach Cathy Marx wasn’t concerned, citing the fact that they’ve barely had enough time to get used to playing with each other and get used to playing for her.
“They haven’t heard me, listened to me on the sideline,” Marx said. “It’s all new. I’m excited, we just need to keep our heads up.”
The Queens lost a huge chunk of their roster with Molly Chapman, Macy Mulholland and Megan Gandrup graduating. Those three not only made up the top scorers but also were leading in every other category.
Their returners with the most varsity experience are Makenzie Cooley and Molly Shannon. Cooley pulled down 72 total rebounds last year, while Shannon averaged five points a game. Cooley impressed on the boards during their preseason scrimmage, while Shannon is being transitioned into more of a guard role.
Elle Davis is taking over the majority of ball handling duties, taking a lot of weight on her shoulders already.
“We need to have her do her part, and then also have Rylie Mussman do her part as well,” Marx said.
The River Queens had 22 turnovers in the first half against Northeast, scoring just six points. After the press loosened up they were able to get more comfortable, but Marx expects that to come as they get experience throughout the first part of the season.
“We know we’re going to get pressed and we know that we have to be ready,” Marx said. “We don’t know our offense yet, we haven’t had time to set our press break. We just need to hone in on what we need to work on.”