Billingsley, junior Megan Niese and freshman Stacy Fox will rotate between the 1-, 2- and 3-spots as starters, with Fox running the point.
Also contributing at forward will be juniors Sydney Callahan and Olivia Watkins, who will both play some time on junior varsity and come off the bench at the varsity level.
“It will be a great opportunity for them to show they can shine,” said McConnell.
Rounding out the varsity roster is freshman Delanie Diekhoff, a 5-foot-10 center, and freshman guard Brooke Helms.
According to McConnell, the shooting guard and the small forward positions are still open.
“It will be good competition for the younger girls fighting for starting spots,” said McConnell.
The season begins at home Tuesday night against Class 3A Brown County. In a matchup sure to make things interesting, South will go up against first-year Brown County head coach Shane Billingsley – Courtney Billingsley’s father. Regardless of what happens on the court, though, McConnell said there will be no hard feelings.
McConnell, who lives in Westport and is engaged to get married, will be assisted by veteran coach Nancy Wamsley. Recently a varsity assistant for South, Wamsley has coached the fifth and sixth grade school teams the past five years.
McConnell brings high expectations to South and looks forward to being a positive role model for the players.
“I want to be an advocate for them,” she said. “That’s what a coach should be.”
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.