Lady Buffs looking to improve from last year

  By Seth Butler
  STAR Correspondent
  The Lady Buffaloes of Milligan College, under head coach Rich Aubrey, are looking to rebound from their disappointing 8-23 campaign a year ago, and all eyes are upon junior Kari Stout who expects to lead the Milligan College charge, just as she did a season ago.
  With a roster filled with four seniors, this roster which looks to be boosted with experience and will be aided by Stout's playmaking ability, and incoming 6'0" freshman Ashley Stidham, as well as a pair of sophomores who expect to crack the rotation for the Lady Buffs.
  Stout, a junior from Hampton High School, who stands five-foot-seven, led the Lady Buffs in virtually all statistical categories a year ago, including 14.2 points per game, while totaling 41 steals and 46 assists, which was second for the squad over the course of the season.
  Stout will be joined in the backcourt by her high school teammate, GinnyWhite. White, the three year starting senior for the Lady Buffs, led the team with 70 assists, as well as leading the team in minutes played the past three seasons. White's outstanding defensive ability, as well as her ball-handling, contributes to her near unlimited playing time.
  Another senior, LacyYork, the 6'1" center from Happy Valley, led Milligan with 6.3 rebounds per game last year, as well as tallying nine blocks over the season.
  Ann Marie Gardner, a senior transfer from East Tennessee State University, will see action at small-forward, while Leah Seevers will look to rebound from a knee injury which resulted in several missed weeks of action. Seevers should earn a starting role with her marksmanship from three-point range.
  Kacie Letterman, a sophomore from Daniel Boone High School who dominated District 1-AAA in Letterman's senior season (2002-03), brings back a year of experience to the Lady Buffs roster. Letterman should find her way into the starting rotation throughout the season working at the wing position.
  Candace Shelton, the sophomore product out of Unicoi County High School, adds depth to the perimeter and post. Shelton, primarily a post for the Lady Blue Devils, has developed her outside shot which aides the Lady Buffs from the outside.
  Finally, rounding out the roster is Stidham, the 6'0" freshman from Whitesburg, Kentucky. Stidham is expected to bring about an immediate impact with her size giving Milligan another option at the post position.
  Although, the Lady Buffs have high hopes with a roster of depth, the coaches of the Appalachian Athletic Conference have selected the Lady Buffs to finish eighth in the conference pre-season poll. Bryan picked up 11 first place votes to top the conference, while King was second with 34 points, and Tennessee Wesleyan was third with 51 points.
  The schedule for Aubrey's Lady Buffs is a challenging one, including non-conference foes such as Tusculum College who visits Steve Lacy Fieldhouse on Dec. 9. Berea College visits on Feb. 10, with non-conference road trips taking Milligan to Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Fl., on Dec. 18, and to Pikeville College on Jan. 3, and Cumberland College on Jan. 4. The Lady Buffs will also participate in the Southern Polytechnic State University Classic in Marietta, Ga., on Nov. 12 and 13.
  The Lady Buffs dropped their season opener to Lee University, 44-65.
  In the AAC, Milligan travels to Tennessee Wesleyan on Nov. 24, with Wesleyan traveling to Carter County on Jan. 20. King visits Milligan on Dec. 1, with Milligan re-paying the visit by traveling to Bristol on Jan. 25. Bryan will make its appearance at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse on Jan. 11, with Milligan traveling to Bryan on Feb. 15.