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Tough schedule awaits confident Drury Lady Panthers

For the News-Leader

There is no dancing around it: The Drury Lady Panthers desire a national championship like pop singers crave their first No. 1 hits.

It's going to happen. But when?

Drury came so close last year — and the two years before that.

Payton Richards (Sr., West Plains, Mo.)

“I am hungry. We’re ready for that national championship,” admits fifth-year guard Payton Richards of West Plains.

Coach Amy Eagan puts it this way about the team that returns four starters: “They are on a mission.”

The previous three team missions didn’t fail.