Cardinal girls combine youth with experience
A fresh start awaits the Cardinal girls basketball team this winter, and new head coach Aaron Dose couldn’t be more thrilled.
Dose, a recent University of Northern Iowa graduate and freshman science teacher at Ottumwa High School, hopes to provide some stability in the program as the seventh head coach in the past six years.
“I was interested because I really wanted to coach high school this year,” said Dose, who has coached junior high basketball the past two years. “It’s been great. The staff here is awesome, and they welcome you and help you out as best as they can.”
And with Dose comes the expectation that Cardinal should be in the thick of every game, especially when it comes to conference play.
“We want to be competitive in every conference game, from all the way to the top on down, but ideally we just want to be playing our best basketball by February,” said Dose.
Helping him achieve that goal will be senior floor general Lindsay Moore, who tied the school record for points in a season as a junior. Moore put up 16.6 points per game last winter and should only see those numbers increase as she helps teach her teammates the varsity ropes.
“She leads by example on both ends of the floor. That’s her biggest strength,” said Dose. “She’s aggressive on offense and defense. As long as she’s attacking, it’s going to open things up for the offense.”
Moore will be joined by Danae Moses and Leea Ostrander in the backcourt, while Morgan Honomichl and Delaney Ridgway will pave the way inside.
“Our guards work really hard on defense and our posts are quick. They like to get out and run. We like to push the ball and run, and they suit the system well,” the coach said.
Lexi Fullenkamp, Mattie Kildow and Schyler Conger will all get significant minutes off the bench, and it probably won’t end there.
“We’ll probably play pretty deep into our bench this year just because we like to do some full court things and pick up the tempo,” said Dose.