The Timberview girls basketball team fought its way to the regional quarterfinals this season, so excitement is running high for what might come next year.
But as the offseason program begins to wind down, there’s been a higher priority for discussion of aspects other than athletic talents.
The key focus at this time of year is honesty.
Timberview head coach Kit Martin said the offseason has its requisite drills and exercises, but the bulk of the concern is on players learning to be honest with themselves.
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“We talk about how good we can potentially be and it allows the kids to be open to criticism and to recognize the deficiencies in our game,” Martin said.
Because now is not the heat of the season, Martin said now is the time they can work on what needs to be fixed.
Martin said the offseason started with making individuals plans for each of the players. Discussions centered on how to get better individually and where improvement as a team can come from.
As a team, they’ll also look to shake off last season’s three-way tie for second place in district and make a run at the top spot.
This year’s district champ, Seguin, will lose almost every top contributor to graduation.
For Timberview, they will lose two key players, Lauren Godbold and Ugo Nwarie. Both will look to play at the collegiate level.
But the Lady Wolves will have their top scorer and assists leader, Trelynn Tyler, back after a stellar sophomore season and recognition as a first team all-district player.
Tyler will be joined by others such as Allyson Hinds, a second team all-district selection, and honorable mentions Hailee Walls and Lauren Thompson.
As to whether Martin is worried about replacing players next season due to graduation or filling holes in the lineup, the response was measured.
“Worrying is futile in general,” Martin said with the knowledge of a seasoned coach of high school athletes. “The summer can be transforming for high school athletes. They can excel or recede quickly. There are always pleasant surprises.”
Martin noted about 90 percent of the squad will be involved in spring and summer basketball, so advancements can be dramatic before they report back in August.
“I’m excited about what we can potentially be in the next year or two years,” Martin added. “It propels us in the offseason.”
The work done between now and August will help what Martin hopes is a shift toward a mix-up of the powerhouses of the district. Certainly, Timberview expects to atop the district by the end of next fall.
“But we look at everyone as the team we have to beat,” she said.
It was in 2010 that Timberview claimed the state title for the program, and Martin said the bar has been set high.
“And we’re not afraid of hitting that bar. We’re very hopeful of a beginning of something that could be great.”