Girls battle through tough year

The Lady Thunderbird basketball team has struggled their way to five wins so far in this rebuilding year.

The girls’ are currently sitting at a 5-13 record after dropping their past two games to State ranked Cunningham on homecoming, and Norwich this past Tuesday.

“I think we are where I thought we’d be at this point,” head coach Morgan Ballard said. “We knew going in that we would have to be patient and allow some learning to take place before we started clicking. I feel like we have the capability to compete in every ballgame when we are locked in and committed to doing our jobs.”

Even with the inexperience when the girls have clicked, results have showed. They have beaten Pretty Prairie and Attica two times each, which are a few of the bright spots throughout the year, despite the losses.

“The main bright spots of this year have been when the team has won and everyone is happy and excited,” sophomore Gracie Bricker said.

Multiple underclassmen play a lot of varsity minutes, having never played varsity until this year. With all the youth the Lady T-Birds are playing with, the wins feel extra special.

“Any time you get wins, you feel good for your team,” Ballard said. “They work so hard, and deserve to feel that success for their efforts. Other than the wins, I think the brightest spot is how much better we are today than we were when we played our first game, both as basketball players and teammates.”

The Lady T-Birds play the formerly state-ranked Central Christian Cougars tonight in Hutchinson, and end their regular season play on Tuesday for Senior Night against South Barber.

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