The Trinity girls basketball offseason actually started sooner than the team wanted and anticipated. After steamrolling to an undefeated record in District 7-6A play, the Lady Trojans were stunned by DeSoto in the bi-district round of the playoffs in mid-February.
“We didn’t have a good game, which told us a lot in terms of things that we need to work on,” coach Sue Cannon said. “I think we relied too much on Trinity [Oliver].”
Among other accolades, Oliver was named the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year after leading the area in points per game with 25.2. Oliver, who is currently traveling in Italy to play basketball, will be among a group of four returning starters that should bode well for another successful season.
With the majority of the squad returning, the players were able to smoothly transition into the offseason. Well, sort of. There were also four freshmen on the team this past season, and those players aren’t on campus, keeping the offseason workouts from being as cohesive as coaches and players would prefer.
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“[The freshmen] have to really work on their own,” Cannon said. “Some of them are playing AAU and going to a shooting camp that will help them. I think they all recognize the fact that everyone needs to get better and work hard over the summer.”
The primary hole to fill will be graduated senior Sydney McCallister, who was the Defensive Player of the Year in the district last season. Cannon said right now that’s being handled by committee.
Cannon is also concerned that while having four returning starters back is certainly a positive, opponents will be familiar with them and have plenty of game film on them.
“The team as a whole is going to have to get better,” Cannon said. “The majority of the players are playing over the summer. I think that will definitely help, and hopefully they’ll all report back in good shape.”
“We looked at our weaknesses and we concentrated on those areas in the offseason,” she added. “I feel like they definitely improved in some of those areas we needed to improve in.”