(Tribune file photo)
"It's been a smoother transition than I could ever hope for," Reihmann said Wednesday morning. "I have a good group of sophomores back to teach the freshmen what I want. And the sophomores learned over the summer and stayed in touch with me and learned what direction I want to take the program in so they've done an amazing job to help me with this."
There are four sophomores and a redshirt freshman on the team this season. But there are only eight on the roster and with a new coach for a team that was 8-23 last season, conference coached voted the Greyhounds last in the Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division poll.
"Honestly that stuff doesn't mean too much to me," Reihmann said of the poll. "We're in a rebuilding year. And I'm a new head coach. That's factored into why we were picked 10th. But I'm excited to go out there and show people what we can do. We don't have a target on our back. We're going out there to do our best and compete. We have nothing to lose."
Where the 'Hounds finish in the conference will have nothing to do with their post-season seeding. Fort Scott Community College opted to play its basketball teams at the Division II level this season. Instead of competing for post-season seeding with 16 teams, the Greyhounds will be in a six-team post-season bracket with division rivals Johnson County, Highland and Kansas City and independents Brown Mackie and Hesston. KCK is also new to the Division II level this season.
"When we play those teams, we really need to be competitive," Reihmann says. "We play at lot of those games early. We'll have to be prepared very early on."
The addition of Brown Mackie and Hesston to the schedule essentially creates four extra conference games. Due to that, Fort Scott's first game against one of their Division II opponents will be played November 13 at Hesston and the first conference game will be against Highland at Arnold Arena on Nov. 20.
Burgandie Lewis (5' 9", Soph., Leavenworth) was 10th in the conference (both divisions) in rebounding last season, averaging 7.8 per game. She will start at the power forward (the 4) position. Megan McDermed (5' 8", Soph., Fort Scott), who played for the 'Hounds during the first semester last year before transfering to another school for track, returns and will be Lewis' backup. McDermed won't be back in the lineup until mid-December due to an injury.
Cheyanne Ivy (5' 5", Soph., Coweta, Okla.) moves into a starting role as the point guard. Reihmann also expects her to score more this season after working hard on her game at home over the summer. Rebecca Fisher (5' 7", Fr., Osawatomie) can back up either guard position.
Malori Gales (5' 9", Fr., Lyndon) will be the starter at the shooting guard (the 2) spot. Reihmann looks for her to score and be a good defender capable of picking up a lot of steals.
Erika McKenzie (5' 8", Soph., Lehigh Acres, Fla.) will be the small forward. Reihmann says she spend the summer working on her range. Lewis and some of the other 4's and posts may also play quite a bit at this position.
D'Shawna Lee (5' 10", Fr., Olathe) will be the starting center. Reihmann feels she's identical to Lewis in her abilities. She's a lefty, which could cause some problems for her defenders. Rachael Eldridge (5' 10", Fr., Coppell, Texas), who redshirted here last season, will back up Lee.
Lewis, Ivy and McKenzie are the only three who played significant time in conference play last season. With the eight-woman roster and the majority of the team lacking experience, what they bring will be huge for the team.
"Cheyanne and Burgandie played a ton of minutes last year," Reihmann said. "Hopefully, that experience will help them this year. They know what's expected. They know what's coming up in conference play and they've really done a good job of being verbal leaders and helping the freshmen and the ones who maybe didn't play as many minutes last year understand what's to be expected of them."
The freshmen will have to pick things up quickly and the new coach feels that they will
"I have a very mature group of freshmen," Reihmann says. "I have three right now who have done an outstanding job. Rebecca Fisher is learning the point guard spot and she's taken on that role very well. She plays a little bit of the 2, which is awesome for us. Malori is going to look to fill in most of the points we lost from Jolee Sharp. D'Shawna is just an outstanding rebounder. Her and Burgandie are going to be very good out there together."
The Greyhounds' season begins tonight in their host role for the Gladbach Classic. Johnson County will take on Wentworth Military Academy (Mo.) first at 6 p.m. Fort Scott will face Southwestern Iowa at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Johnson County plays Southwestern (Iowa) at 2 p.m. followed by Fort Scott versus Wentworth Military at 4 p.m.
Reihmann anticiptaes that the 'Hounds will be a athletic, quick team that plays with heart and is ready to see her team play.
"They have a bigger desire to win right now and that's a good thing," Reihmann said. "I think it's going to help us this year. We're a smaller team in size and numbers but I think, overall, they have huge hearts and they're excited to get the season going."
NOTES -- Sharp, a 2010 Fort Scott High School graduate, is on the roster at Missouri Southern. They will play an exhibition game against Division I San Francisco tonight before beginning regular-season play next weekend at the Pitt State Tip-Off Classic against the College of Mary (Nov. 9) and Southwest Minnesota State (Nov. 10)....
Couch is now the head coach at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., her native state. Indian River State is in the process of transitioning from a two-year to a four-year school....
Reihmann was an assistant coach at Southwestern for the 2009-10 season....
2013-13 FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Bold -- Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division games.
Italics -- Games that count toward Region VI Division II post-season seeding.
|Tonight||SOUTHWESTERN IOWA, 8 p.m. (a)|
|Saturday||WENTWORTH MILITARY, 4 p.m. (a)|
|Nov. 7||OTTAWA JV, 5:30|
|Nov. 13||at Hesston, 8 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||at Cottey, 6 p.m.|
|Nov. 20||HIGHLAND, 7:30|
|Nov. 30||vs. Iowa Western, 1 p.m. (b)|
|Dec. 1||vs. Iowa Lakes, 5 p.m. (b)|
|Dec. 5||at Wentworth Military, 7:30|
|Dec. 8||at Brown Mackie, 3:30|
|Dec. 11||at Johnson County, 7:30|
|Dec. 13||COTTEY, 6 p.m.|
|Jan. 5||at Coffeyville, 7:30|
|Jan. 9||NEOSHO COUNTY, 7:30|
|Jan. 12||ALLEN, 4 p.m.|
|Jan. 16||at Labette, 7:30|
|Jan. 19||KANSAS CITY, 4 p.m.|
|Jan. 21||COWLEY, 7:30|
|Jan. 23||BROWN MACKIE, 7:30|
|Jan. 30||INDEPENDENCE, 7:30|
|Feb. 2||COFFEYVILLE, 4 p.m.|
|Feb. 6||at Neosho County, 8 p.m.|
|Feb. 9||at Allen, 8 p.m.|
|Feb. 11||HESSTON, 7:30|
|Feb. 13||LABETTE, 7:30|
|Feb. 16||at Kansas City, 4 p.m.|
|Feb. 18||at Cowley, 7 p.m.|
|Feb. 20||JOHNSON COUNTY, 7:30|
|Feb. 23||at Highland, 3 p.m.|
|Feb. 27||at Independence, 8 p.m.|
(a) -- Fort Scott Gladbach Classic.
(b) -- Iowa Western Revier Classic.