Girls start season with place in tournament

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Ryan Sprouse

Senior guard Raven Caswell dribbles the ball as she plans out the next play during their game against Butler. The girls lost 72-42.

Ryan Sprouse, Staff Writer

With the Warsaw Tournament ending, the girls basketball team did better than the previous year. Even though they only got sixth place and played for the consolation prize, the girls are happy about winning a game in the tournament against Knob Noster. They fought hard and tried their best.

  Head coach Cody Morgan is satisfied so far this year with the girl´s effort and coming together as a family.

  “They played hard. All they need is to execute offensively and defensively,” Morgan said.

  Some of the other things that Morgan noticed are small, but they can help the girls win more games.

  “They need to work on finishing at the hoop. Creating turnovers and making free throws is also a very important thing they need to do in order to have success,” Morgan said.

  For senior guard Raven Caswell, this year has shed more light on the girls’ program and she too has taken a great liking to it.

  “We are working hard as a team. We are more comfortable with each other and closer on the court,” Caswell said.

  Caswell has been playing for the team since freshman year. This year, there are only two seniors on the team, Caswell and senior Kylie McRoberts.

  “We are better than previous seasons. In fact, we have gotten compliments about our intensity and the way we are performing. We are talking more and, overall, just a better team,” Caswell said.

  The girls were seeded fifth in the tournament this year. Their first game was against Butler, which they ended up losing 72-42. The second round of the tournament the girls played the Knob Noster, seeded eighth, and won 56-40.

  With the compliments of the intensity of the girls’ playing style this year, the players also like it. Sophomore forward Gabby Flores has taken notice herself and is really taking a liking to this style.

  “We made it a track meet and pushed the ball out fast to score easily,” Flores said.

  Even if the girls’ team only contains two seniors, they have made a major impact on the way the team is doing this year. Some of the players are looking up to them as their mentors and wanting to base their games on the way they play. For sophomore point guard Hannah Chapman, the seniors have helped her as their positive role models.

  “We have amazing seniors who have lead us in a positive manner. They are always willing to help with anything,” Chapman said.

  The team played Dec. 7 against Buffalo. They lost trying to find their second win, 28 to 73. The girls have done a lot of improving that has been impacting the coaches, refs, and fans. They plan on continuing to grow in their ability, attitude, and overall as a family as the season just begins.