The two-time defending district champion Riverview girls basketball team is eager to get back to the hardwood. But like everyone else, the Bucs are at the mercy of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We think we’re going to be pretty good,” said coach Rob Sauter. “We have some really good basketball players. In the past, we’ve had some great athletes, but basketball was not necessarily their first sport. These girls are great athletes and basketball players.”
The big problem for Riverview is the time apart that the pandemic is causing, according to Sauter.
“We stress team unity and getting along,” he said. “We are missing out on a lot of that team-building time.”
When they do get back on the floor, the Bucs will likely be led by the Big Three of senior Kylie Skidmore, junior Rayah Kolbusz and sophomore Elyssa Kincaid.
Skidmore returns as the team’s point guard.
“She really came on last year and she had a good summer playing with her AAU team,” said Sauter. “We are really happy with her running things.”
Kolbusz is a fun player to watch because she has seemingly unlimited range and no fear of launching a shot from anywhere. And her game has developed, too.
“She is attacking the basket much more now,” said Sauter.
Kincaid started as a freshman. She is the tallest player on the team, handles the ball well, shoots the ball well and is an aggressive rebounder.
While those three may be the top players, all 12 on the roster are important because of the way Sauter coaches, sending wave after wave of players all game long. Whether you start or not, if you are on Sauter’s team you will be called upon.
Some of the other interesting parts of the Riverview team are senior Tylee Hunter, sophomore Cadence Kaminske and senior Paige Beaudry.
Beaudry may be the most interesting of all.
Beaudry has not played basketball for two years, but she is a versatile athlete, who won five varsity letters as a freshman. An injury set her back a season ago, but she is back in form. She plays soccer and runs track. In the fall, she was her team’s beat cross country runner and golfer. She is sure to be an asset for the basketball team.
The rest of the team is senior Julia Klugg, junior Maelyn Sorenson, junior Madison Poe, junior Olivia Stergiadis, junior Haley Guest and sophomore Maddie Chase.
Based on returning players, Riverview should challenge Flat Rock for the top spot in the Huron League. When the season will start is up in the air, but it will not be until after the first of the year.