Last year's Class A girls all-state basketball team was a senior-dominated group. In fact, nine of the 10 top players moved on - all but Minot's Holly Johnson.
Johnson was an inside-out threat for the Majettes, averaging 20.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while earning first-team honors. Now a 5-11 senior, Johnson returns to lead a Minot team that could contend for the West Region championship.
But the Majettes will have to wait a bit for Johnson, who is sidelined with a stress fracture, to return to the lineup.
Johnson, who has committed to play at North Dakota State, is one of three returning starters for the Majettes, along with Jayd Eggert and Andi Hankla. Eggert and Hankla each contributed 8.2 points per game for Minot (15-10).
Jamestown's sole veteran starter is Kyra Dewald. Dewald averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 assists per game and was an all-region selection.
The Blue Jays (11-13) do have several players who played key roles returning, including Jade Lind, a top defender; Julie Fuchs, a good shooter; and Kayla Thoele, a strong post presence.
"We will have some depth and quickness," coach Andy Skunberg said. "We need to work on consistency. We will be a young team, so we need to eliminate our mistakes."
Dickinson has four players who spent at least some time in the starting lineup for last year's 4-17 squad.
Juniors Ali Moody and Taylor Cooper have the most experience. Moody, who started 14 games, contributed 6.2 points per game, while Cooper, who started 15, chipped in 4.7.
"Offensively (Moody) can play inside or outside and is very athletic," coach Dan Pender said. "Defensively she can guard a post or a guard. ... Cooper is a good shooter."
Leslie Beaudoin (6.9 ppg) moved into the starting lineup before getting injured. Madi Deibert and Rachel Schroeder also got extensive varsity minutes.
"We'll be able to pressure the ball and use a variety of defenses," Pender said.
Turtle Mountain will have to regroup without Sasha Golus, a Miss Basketball finalist. The Bravettes went 13-9 and fell just one win short of their first state tournament appearance since 1989.
Williston (6-15) also lost an all-stater to graduation, second-teamer Jackie Lee.