The Montevideo girls basketball team will open the season with a West Central Conference South home game against Ben­son on Tuesday.

The Montevideo girls basketball team will open the season with a West Central Conference South home game against Ben­son on Tuesday.

The Thunder Hawks, 7-16 overall and 4-8 in the conference last season, have a new coach this season, as B-team coach DeDe Epema takes over the varsity reins.

The team has two returning starters in senior guard Tia Diggins and junior forward Ashley Hoehne. Both were all-conference selections last season, with Dig­gins winning team MVP honors. Hoehne aver­aged 13.3 points and 6.0 re­bounds and Diggins averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 boards.

Other returning letter winners are seniors Cath­erine Haugen and Kel­sey Quigley, juniors Chelsey Hass, Jessie Janisch and Tori Kuhlmann and sophomore Natalie Feldhake.

"We lost eight seniors last year so we've got a lot of newcomers stepping up this year," said Epema. "We're looking to push the ball a lot this year."

The Thunder Hawks scrim­maged against Albany and Upsala last Saturday and they will scrimmage against Blake this Saturday.

Benson was 8-18 last season, with a 2-10 conference record. The Braves return all-area guard Emma Peterson, who averaged 21.4 points last year and has scored more than 1,000 career points.