Lady Wolves have high expectations

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Many teams would be happy going three rounds in the playoffs, but for the Timberview girls basketball program, that was too early of an ending last season. Since falling to Flower Mound Marcus in the regional quarterfinals, the Lady Wolves have had an eye on the 2013-2014 campaign.

“There’s a definite feeling of ‘incomplete,’” head coach Kit Martin said. “We didn’t finish where we expected to. So that’s fueling all of us, coaches and players alike.”

Timberview returns four starters and a highly experienced roster this season, boosting hopes – and expectations.

“It’s a nice feeling; I want to make sure that we utilize that,” Martin said. “These are basketball-smart kids. Their basketball IQ is very high and they also realize that they have one more chance at this. This is a senior-heavy team and it’s a group of kids that are really putting out a lot of extra effort this summer to reach the goals they have, because time is running out.”

Starters Aurmani Degar, JaLea Bennett and Dayo Olabode all return, as does Terielle Bradley, who will make the move to shooting guard this season. Also back is post player Megan Badejo, who saw significant time off the bench last season.

All of them are aware that this is their final opportunity to accomplish something special together.

“With losing to a team that you probably didn’t expect to lose to, it gives you motivation,” Bennett said. “This is the last chance that we have, so we’re just leaving it all out there, giving it our all and not looking back and just working hard; doing whatever it takes.”

“We’re just working harder than ever now,” Bradley added. “We have strength and conditioning that we go to. Coach Martin leaves the gym open for us three days of the week. We’re just so much more focused. We have the majority of our starters coming back and most of us are playing together in the summer. That really helps a lot and we’re just building chemistry and cohesiveness.”

One thing that that’s certain is that Timberview will be battle-tested for the playoffs. The Lady Wolves play in a district that doesn’t allow many off nights.

“I personally love it,” Martin said. “If we’re going to see the best in the state in our own district, then we have nothing to fear except for what we have to prepare for on a nightly basis, which is great for me. I like it that way. It keeps your team on edge; it keeps them hungry and competitive. There’s not a lot of useless games that just get so out of reach that you don’t really get anything out of them. We really don’t have that in our district. I think it’s a terrific situation for us. I’d rather have it that way.”

Bradley agrees that district play will let them know how they stack up for the postseason, and there’s little question about this team’s ultimate goal.

“I think we’re in the best district in the state of Texas. It just prepares us for the playoffs, so we know what to expect,” she said. “We’re really excited. This is our last year together. We’re trying to make a push for the holy grail – the state championship.”

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