The Lady Bowmen are ready to work hard going into the 2019-20 Pacific Conference campaign

PMG FILE PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Sherwood High School senior Julia Leitzinger (left) returns at a forward spot for the Lady Bowmen this season.SHERWOOD — There is a lot of newness to be found with the Sherwood High School girls basketball team this season.

And that's OK with the Lady Bowmen.

Sherwood, ready to work hard, is anticipating good things ahead in the 2019-20 campaign.

"We are really looking forward to this season," First-year Sherwood head coach Lauren Howard said. "With a new outlook, a new system and new faces, we are excited to get going and show what we can accomplish with hard work."

The Lady Bowmen return three varsity players from last year's squad that finished in fifth place in the final Pacific Conference standings at 6-6, while going 13-12 on the season and qualifying for the Class 6A state playoffs.

Point guard Ava Boughey (5-foot-6) and forward Julia Leitzinger (5-9), both returnees, are the only seniors on the Sherwood roster.

"We look forward to our seniors, Ava and Julia, leading the way not only by there stellar example on the court but in the classroom and off the court as well," Howard said.

Junior guard Joley Sproul (5-9) is Sherwood's other varsity returnee.

PMG FILE PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Sherwood High School senior Ava Boughey (right) returns at a guard spot for the Lady Bowmen this season.The rest of the Lady Bowmen roster is young, but ready to go.

"We have an amazing group of athletes this year that are not only learning a completely new system but that work hard every time they step on the court," Howard said. "The effort and drive that these athletes have will take them far and allow them to compete with every opponent."

Newcomers to the Sherwood varsity roster this year include junior guard Elise Evans (5-5), junior post Anna Jensen (5-11), sophomore guard Laney Snelling (5-6), sophomore guard Mandie Jensen (5-9), sophomore guard Mckenna Rump (5-7) and sophomore post Klaira Ray (5-10).

"We will take pride in working hard and flying around on defense," Howard said. "We believe that if we are doing what we should defensively, the offensive piece will come. With learning a new offense and defense, there will be some trial and error but we will embrace them and adjust when needed to be successful."

As for the Pacific Conference this year, the Lady Bowmen are preparing for some strong competition.

"We have a strong league that has really proven themselves this preseason as well as last season," Howard said. "We will start every game with a 0-0 mindset knowing that if we play our game and work hard we can compete with any opponent."

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Sherwood High School junior Joley Sproul (right) returns at a guard spot for the Lady Bowmen this season.Sherwood is off to a 2-1 start to the season, with wins over Cleveland and Sunset, and a loss to Mountainside.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Monday), when they host South Eugene in a non-league game starting at 7 p.m. On Friday, Sherwood will be home to face Westview in a non-league contest starting at 7 p.m.

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