Prep girls basketball preview: Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels

Led by 2021 Polar Conference MVP Natalie Mikrot, the Rebels look to utilize their athleticism and speed this season in order to reach their goals.

Moose Lake-Willow River's Natalie Mikrot goes up for a layup in a 2020 game against Esko. Mikrot is one of five returning starters for the Rebels. Dave Harwig/ 2020 File / Pine Journal

Head coach: Zak Mathson

Assistant coaches: Alan Hoffman, Randy Ketchum, Rachelle Wasche and Eric Nielson.

Returning starters: Natalie Mikrot, Alivia Mallory and Maci Kukuk.

New Faces: Lilly Petty and Sarah Christy.

Team Strengths: "We are younger this year, but we have a pretty athletic group. I believe we will be a better all around offense as a strength and a faster team," coach Zak Mathson said.


Biggest Challenge: "Our challenge will be experience and chemistry, but hopefully we will catch on quickly by the first handful of games.," Mathson said.

Coach's assessment

"This year's team so far seems to be pretty close and mostly friends. They come in working hard in practice. I think they have a drive to be good this year, and are more serious," Mathson said. "I am hoping to get a couple wins in the section, maybe get to the finals. I am happy to have a full year this year with the athletes to work on their skills and development."

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