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By Danya Long
For the Leader
The Heritage Hawks girls’ basketball team kicked off their season on Monday, and at the reins is new head coach Kami White. Although this isn’t her first season coaching, it will be her first in charge of the team, and she hopes for them to only improve from years before.
Last year’s team wrapped up the 2011-2012 season with a win-loss record of 17-12, outscoring their opponents 1,355 to 1,191 in the end. Averaging just less than 48 points per game, the Hawks look to improve on last year’s successful season as a team.
Coach White is looking forward to the season ahead and working with the team she has.
“I think that we are just going to focus on trying to push the ball a lot more this season, working on a lot of transition up and down the court,” said White about her team. “Most of our offense is going to be centered around transition and just moving the ball around on offense.”
White describes her team as “small,” and for a basketball team they are short in stature. “We are short and thin so we have to be a team that runs the ball,” said the coach.
That stature won’t stop the team from being a force to be reckoned with. On defense, Coach White looks to really be in your face with the opponents.
“We like to get after it,” said White. “We’re probably going to play man-to-man defense as much as possible. That’s kind of my philosophy. With littler girls, you have to go after it and can’t really sink into the post.”
This year’s Hawks brings back some experience, with nearly half the team returning from before. Senior point guard Dallas McCormick is among those, and promises to be a bright spot for the team.
“If she doesn’t score, we don’t win,” said Coach White about McCormick. “She is the key to our success, offensively and defensively.”
Another player to watch this season is sophomore Micaela Childress, who White describes as “phenomenal.” According to White, Childress is quickly developing into a very successful, all-around player at a young age.
One of the hurdles the team will face this season is the increasing difficulty of their conference, the Little Okaw Valley Conference.
Arthur High School recently absorbed Lovington, possibly making them an even stronger competitor in the LOVC conference.
White believes that Tri-County’s three seniors are going to help make them competitors as well. As the conference gets harder, Coach White still holds out hope for her Hawks.
“I think we have a lot of potential, and I think we have an opportunity to really be good this year,” said White.
One key to their success this season is staying healthy though.
With only 12 girls on the team and three from each grade, it will be very important for all of the players to stay healthy in order to reach their full potential.
Coach White looks forward to the season with the team and only hopes she can help the team be at least as successful as in years before. Last year the team won the consolation bracket in the LOVC tournament, and White would like nothing more than to do at least the same this year.
“Last year we were the only other team that left that tournament with only one loss. I would love to at least do that again. I would really love for us to be able to do a little better in the conference, though,” said White.
The girls hit the court for the first time on Monday, Nov. 12 against Georgetown-Ridgefarm, and then kicked off their home season on Nov. 13 against Oakwood High School.
On Nov. 15, the Hawks will face off against Tuscola on the road, getting their 2012-2013 season off to a great start.