By Matt Browning
Lauren Harris of Salina South was chosen as the Hog Wild Performer of the Month for November. Harris was an honorable mention all-league selection last season for the Cougars, where she averaged six point and five rebounds.
Harris has been trying to get back to 100 percent health since she injured her shoulder, so her summer did not go quite how she wanted.
“I spent most of the summer recovering from a shoulder injury and I couldn’t participate in a lot of live scrimmage,” Harris said. “But I spent almost every day in the gym getting shots up to get back in my rhythm.”
In order for Salina South to improve on its 7-14 record from last season, Harris knows the Cougars will have to get off to a fast start. She knows she will be key in that.
“We play in a difficult league, but I think if we can get going early that we’ll only improve as the season goes on,” Harris said. “I also expect myself to be a big contributor to this season and to only improve from last year.”
Salina South graduated key pieces from last year’s team, but Harris thinks other players are ready to step in and contribute.
“I am looking forward to playing with a new group of girls,” Harris said. “Our three main guards from last year graduated so I’m excited to see the younger guards be able to step up and fill those roles.”
After high school, Harris is planning on going to Kansas State to be a pre-med student in hopes to one day become an orthopedic surgeon.