The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 26, 2014

Tournament success has Jasper girls rolling

Jasper’s girls are savoring their third tournament championship of the high school basketball season after beating Exeter at Sarcoxie on Saturday night.

And Eagle coach Kent Anderegg is enjoying his return to the varsity level.

Class 2 Jasper is 14-2 with its losses to Kansas schools Galena and Pittsburg St. Mary’s-Colgan.

“We don’t have a superstar,” Anderegg said Sunday. “I believe we have one player scoring in double figures (5-foot-3 sophomore Lexie Royster) and another player averaging double figures in rebounding (5-10 senior Adi Etcheson). But we do have a lot of solid players.

“Strengths include depth, balance, defense, some quickness and chemistry,” Anderegg said. “It’s a humble group. The players really get along with each other.

“The players and the coach also were familiar with each other,” Anderegg said. “I coached most of the girls in junior high.

“We’re fairly quick,” Anderegg, who’s assisted by Kristen Gilpin, said. “We do some pressing. But it’s a mix on defense.”

Usual starters, according to Anderegg, are Etcheson, Royster, 5-5 junior Monica Steeves, 5-4 sophomore point guard Elizabeth Maneval and 5-7 sophomore Morgan Winchester.

The first three players off the bench, Anderegg said, are 5-3 senior Karrington Garvin, 5-5 sophomore Bri Cawyer and 5-5 sophomore Audra Etcheson (Adi’s sister).

“That’s our rotation of eight,” Anderegg said. “But we have a couple more sophomore guards who contribute — Kortlln Garvin, Karrington’s sister — and Regan Smith.”

Royster, who scored 18 points in the Eagles’ 55-30 win against Exeter, and Adi Etcheson made the all-tournament team at Sarcoxie.

Royster also tallied 18 as the Eagles defeated Lockwood 58-50 to claim the Diamond Tournament on Dec. 11.

Jasper had three players score in double figures in its 52-49 overtime win against Liberal to capture the Golden City Tournament on Jan. 18.

Anderegg said that Gerald Knight, who guided Jasper to records of 14-13 overall and 5-4 in the Spring River Valley Conference in 2012-13, is coaching both girls and boys basketball at Class 1 Purdin Linn County.

Knight, who played basketball at Jasper under Anderegg, said the Linn County girls, although young, have a 9-6 record. The school is some 60 miles from the Iowa border.

Anderegg, a product of Labette County High School (1991), Labette Community College and Pittsburg State University, left the Jasper varsity boys five years. That successful tenure — highlighted by a 26-3 edition —  started in 1998-99 after helping Bill Hodge for one season.

Anderegg actually had launched his career with a year as freshman coach under Brad Smith at Labette County while student teaching at Parsons.

“There’s more work, definitely,” Anderegg said of his return to the varsity level. “I’m enjoying it.”

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