PAULS VALLEY — Following one of the most successful seasons in program history, and the departure of a legendary figure as their head coach, the Springer Lady Cardinals are seeing plenty of new coming into the 2018-19 season.

PAULS VALLEY — Following one of the most successful seasons in program history, and the departure of a legendary figure as their head coach, the Springer Lady Cardinals are seeing plenty of new coming into the 2018-19 season.

More specifically, they are under the guidance of a new head coach in Ron Suter.

Suter has spent the last two seasons at Temple High School, where he coached both the boys and the girls basketball teams.

While he won’t have nearly as much of a challenge on his hands at Springer coaching two teams, he’s still very excited for what is to come this season with his new squad.

“The girls have come in and worked extremely hard for me so far,” Suter said. “Some of the things these girls are capable of is incredible. It’s very excited to come in and see the pieces that I have to work with as it pertains to this team.”

Among the pieces Suter will get to work with during the upcoming season will be returning juniors Kailee Lathum and Jazmyn Powell.

In her first season at Springer last year, Powell averaged 10 points per game along with three steals and three rebounds.

Latham finished averaging nine points per game along with nine rebounds.

Other players that will look to carry the load will be seniors Marilena Amaya, Kamryn Sampson along with junior Alle Schmidt.

Last season the Lady Cardinals defied the odds in more ways than one.

Springer not only captured its first South Central Conference tournament title, but also plowed its way through the district tournament defeating Coleman and Moyers to reach the regional tournament, before being eliminated by Paden.

At the end of the season, the Lady Cardinals finished with an overall record of 16-10, in what turned out to be the final year under the guidance of then head coach Traci Dragg.

“Right now we’re learning how to play together, and wanting to work on our conditioning,” Suter said. “I’m wanting to see what these girls level of understanding is. If we can get them to work hard, then the basketball stuff can be taught and learned very easily.”