During the off season Coach Rusty Johnson left Aledo to accept a job as the girls coach at Justin Northwest. What Johnson didn’t do is leave the cupboard empty as the Bearcats returned four starters from a team that last season made the school’s first trip to the UIL state tournament.
Fast forward a few months and Aledo is once again a force as former Granbury assistant Mike Pinkerton has stepped in. Aledo is 16-3 overall and 5-0 in District 7-4A.
This week though might mark Pinkerton’s biggest game as head coach with Granbury and state-ranked Fort Worth Trimble Tech on the schedule.
“This week will be no different from the others,” Pinkerton said. “We talk about every game being a playoff game and that started with our first district ball game. We are going to take each game we play serious. Our goal is to just keep improving each week and I think we have done that.”
Pinkerton’s biggest adjustment for this year’s team has come on defense.
“This year has been nothing but fun, but the first thing I told them this year is that we were going to play defense,” Pinkerton said. “I had seen them play and coaches against them and I knew they could shoot, but if there was one area that could improve it was defense. If you play good defense they will have a hard time beating you and you don’t have to score as much.”
The team's three losses this year are to TAPPS power Argyle Liberty Christian and ranked 5A teams Cibolo Steele and Arlington Bowie. Pinkerton noted the team doesn’t count on just one player as they all have set goals.
“Alyssa Dry is our point guard and leader on the floor and Justice Sczcepanski-Beavers is our big girl, Megan Wood is our defensive specialist who we’ve gotten to shoot the ball more this year,” Pinkerton said. “The girls off the bench have improved so much, they all know their roles and do them well. I believe we can make another run, but it will be a lot tougher because everyone knows who we are so they are going to be gunning for us.”