Northeast Tarrant

GCISD teams state different goals in early season

Heritage standout Bryn Gerlich returns for her junior season.
Heritage standout Bryn Gerlich returns for her junior season.

The Grapevine girls basketball team is coming off of a strong season in 2015-2016, winning the District 6-5A championship and advancing three rounds into the postseason.

Coach Lindy Slagle said that she is feeling good about the way things seem to be shaping up this season and said she expects the team to come together over the next two months.

“As soon as we get everyone healthy, we are excited about the progress we can begin to make,” Slagle said. “Our schedule is the toughest it’s ever been. If we have the right team, we can make some major strides this November and December.”

Slagle said that one of the things that gives her the most confidence heading into the season is the amount of experience she has returning.

“We have seven seniors this year, so we expect to get some form of leadership from all of them,” Slagle siad. “Molly Heygood and Tatum Tellin are our captains. Jessi Prater will bring a great deal of experience as she comes off last season as our leading scorer. But our sophomore class (Sam Tatum, Rylee Hanna and Symone Wesley) all played significant roles as freshmen, so we expect them to play like veterans.”

Grapevine has reached the regional quarterfinals two years in a row and to have another successful season, Slagle said it will take a couple of things.

“All 12 members of our team will have to flourish in their roles,” Slagle said. “It will take great attitude and commitment from now until February.”

For Colleyville Heritage, the Lady Panthers missed the postseason in 2015-2016, but coach Dianna Sager said she feels good about her team this season.

“We’re returning eight players, so we are further along at this point then we were last season,” Sager said. “We’re very excited about our upcoming season.”

The Lady Panthers’ team captains are senior Emily Lewis and junior Bryn Gerlich.

Sager said she also has “a lot of confidence” in returning seniors McKinley Charles, Caitlyn Foster, Alyssia Harris and Hannah Verdi.

Sager said the goals for this season for Colleyville Heritage are to contend for a district championship and win a playoff game, and she said her team will need to do two things to put itself in the best position to accomplish those goals.

“We need to stay healthy with no major injuries and continue to improve our game in preseason to get ready for our district opener on Dec. 13,” Sager said.