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The Top 6 Best Turnarounds in 2018-19

By Pace Maier, 03/24/19, 8:14AM CDT

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With the 2018-19 season over, we take a look at teams that improved their record the most from 2017-18. 

Kenmare: 9 wins
2017-18: 9-14
2018-19: 18-7

Kenmare had trouble playing on the road in 2017-18 and finished with a 1-9 record away from its own gymnasium. The Honkers still finished the season 9-14 but the best was yet to come just one year away. The Region 8 squad finished the 2018-19 season 18-7 for a nine-win improvement, however, will lose six seniors off its roster. But Kate Zimmer — a Kenmare eighth-grader who finished with 18 points against Bishop Ryan this season will be back for a team that finished 9-1 in its final 10 games.  

Richland: 9 wins 
2017-18: 7-15
2018-19: 16-6

It was a rough start to the 2017-18 season for Richland. The Colts lost nine of their first 11 games before finishing the season 7-15. That surge in the second part of the year carried over into the 2018-19 season. Richland won its first four contests in the state of North Dakota but started the year just 5-4 before winning 13 of its final 15 games. The Colts could see another improvement in the win column next season as their starting five returns along with all the bench players. 

Trenton: 9 wins 
2017-18: 16-7
2018-19: 25-2

The last four seasons for Trenton have ended in double-digit wins but 2018-19 was the most impressive. The Tigers finished with 25 wins this season and didn’t lose a game until the state tournament. Trenton is another team that’s a success should continue in 2019-2020 because they didn’t have a single senior of its squad. 

Linton-HMB: 8 wins 
2017-18: 10-13
2018-19: 18-4

Linton-HMB made quite the turnaround after losing eight of 10 games during the middle of the 2017-18 season. The Lions were just two seasons removed from a four-win year. The Region 3 squad won 18 games this year and finished the regular season 17-2 before dropping two important games in the postseason. The Lions lose one senior in SummerLynn Grove but bring back 12 student-athletes, which are all underclassmen. 

Mott-Regent: 8 wins 
2017-18: 5-17
2018-19: 13-10

It was a down year for Mott-Regent in 2017-18 but the Wildfire found their groove in 2018-19. The Region 7 team won 13 games but lost four games by six points or less. After starting the year 6-3, Mott-Regent finished the season just 7-7. The Wildfire lose three seniors in Breanna Friedt, Alora Warner and Madison Meier but playmakers freshman Madison Rafferty and junior Karagan Friedt return. 

Northern Cass: 8 wins 
2017-18: 1-20
2018-19: 9-12

Gaining another year of experience helped Northern Cass in 2017-18. The Jaguars had four upperclassmen on their roster this season along with seven underclassmen. Kelli Trudeau’s squad finished with nine wins following a season where they were on the winning end just once. Northern Cass also won its second Region 1 tournament contest in the last four seasons. The Jaguars lost their first seven out of nine contests before ending the season winning seven of 12.