The girl’s basketball season kicked off with intense practices this week after a busy offseason.
To prepare for this season the girls put in work by taking part in summer league, weights, basketball workouts and clinics ran by the boys’ head coach Kenny Eddy. Many players also participated in volleyball and track to stay in shape.
“We had a bunch of girls who got in the weight room during the fall to prepare for this season,” sophomore Kailey Hamm said. “We are also returning many key players from last year which I am really excited about.”
The team has lost a few girls from last season including their leading scorer Kamryn Stark, but are returning three seniors and five juniors who all played big roles. There are about 20 players currently practicing.
“The first practice was pretty intense,” sophomore Jazmine Askew said. “We didn’t waste time getting started and got to it right away. I have a good feeling about this season if everyone keeps bringing it in practice.”
The girls had two-a-day practices all week, which included sprints, press breaks and defensive drills. They have also been working really hard to perfect all of their offensive sets.
“Most of these girls will try to run through a wall for you if you ask,” head coach Morgan Ballard said. “If we can take that effort and hone it in on basketball skills and basketball plays, we will be a tough matchup for all of the teams in our league.”
They have been working hard and will have a few more intense weeks of practice before their first game at home against St. John on December 1, followed by the T-Bird Classic tournament starting on December 8.