Keller Citizen

NISD girls hoops teams expect to make playoffs

Northwest guard Alexus Brigham (L) should be a major component of the Lady Texans offense.
Northwest guard Alexus Brigham (L) should be a major component of the Lady Texans offense. Special to the Star-Telegram

The Justin Northwest girls basketball team finished fourth in District 5-6A last season to make the playoffs, and coach Cody Parrish said he feels confident his team is in good shape for 2016-2017.

Parrish said he is confident that with its returning experience, his team will be competitive.

“Well, we have eight seniors that have been around a long time and are ready to go,” Parrish said.

The Lady Texans have returning starters Alexus Brigham, who signed with Santa Clara this month, along with Jenna Deen, whom Parrish expects to the lead the way this season.

Parrish said that other players to watch include Abby Richmond, Cynthia Kaniki, Paige Thompson and Terrynisha Dumas.

Parrish said that this year’s goals are pretty straightforward in that the Lady Texans want to compete for a district title and win as many playoff games as possible, and said that in order to do that, it will take one thing in particular from his players.

“Everyone has to be all-in and committed,” Parrish said.

For the Trophy Club Nelson girls basketball team, 2016-2017 will provide an opportunity to make a run at the postseason after missing last year.

Coach Jimmy Avery said he is happy with the way things are looking heading into the season, but added the team has been hit kind of hard with injuries early on.

“The girls are working hard,” Avery said. “I’m very pleased. We have had two ACL injuries this summer and two this fall that have hurt the team, and obviously those girls. But we will persevere.”

Among the stronger players for the Lady Bobcats returning this season is Hunter Roach, a second team all-district selection in 2015-2016.

Avery said the goal for his team this season is to make the playoffs and have a good run, and said a number of factors will determine how well his team performs.

“It will take a lot of hard work and for the girls to believe in our system and in me and in each other,” Avery said.

“Team chemistry is a huge factor in the success of a team. And so far we are doing well with that and in our efforts to get better. I look forward to this year very much. The kids are hungry here to win. And I want to help them.”