Girls basketball starts district play

Abby Knowles, Feature Editor, Ads Manager

The varsity girls basketball team has a preseason record of 7-8 and played their first district game against Rouse Tuesday night.
“We have played a number of quality opponents in our non- district schedule. Experience gained from those games will serve us well as we enter district play,” Coach Wilkes said.
Varsity is the only team that can advance to playoffs. Their goal is to make it deep into playoffs and to beat rivals Rouse and Cedar Park. They plan to do this though hard work and practice.
“Practice usually lasts two and a half hours. We warm-up, stretch, do drill work, run though plays and defense. Sometimes we go to the weight room or scrimmage with the freshman guys,” senior Megha Pandya said.
To prepare for district, varsity has been working to maintain strength, reviewing film of opponent players and practicing their plays. They start every practice with a new drill and end it with shooting.
“During a typical practice we work on what defense and offense we want to use against our opponent. It’s really helpful when game time rolls around,” junior Sam Gonzales said.
JV girls have just come off of a first place win at the Giddings tournament.
“No one expected us to win but we pushed hard and played our best,” sophomore Ariel Baraza said.
As they enter into district, JV’s goal is to get better at breaking the press. Breaking the press is when a player must move past opponent blockers. They have been preparing by practicing layups and other drills.
“Our team isn’t as experienced as others but if we work hard and play our best we can win all games,” Baraza said.
At the Giddings tournament freshman girls had their first win. In practice they have been working on new offensive and defensive drills.
“Our goal is to do well in district because freshman can’t advance,” freshman Megan Moller said.
Overall, Coach Wilke has tried to imagine the players from new perspectives this season and run practice in a different way than last year.
“I have been impressed with the focus and attention all teams have displayed to learn our new team concepts,” Coach Wilke said.