The Southlake Carroll girls basketball team is coming off of a playoff season in 2015-2016, and even with a less experienced roster heading into the season, is looking forward to another good year.
Coach Teri Morrison said that her team may not be returning a lot of players from last year’s squad, but said that she is optimistic about the style of basketball the Lady Dragons will be playing.
“We are very excited about our upcoming basketball season,” Morrison said. “We will be up-tempo, aggressive and fun to watch. We have lots of new faces and great energy.”
Carroll will have four returning players, including junior Anna Welch, sophomore Gabby McBride, sophomore Rachel Seyler and sophomore Kayla Colan.
“Gabby and Kayla were all-district last season,” Morrison said. “Gabby had a great summer season and is being recruited at the Division I level. This returning core will be the key to a successful 2016-2017 season. We have added eight others to our varsity group to fill out the roster. Newcomers Abby Zeitsiff and Anna Gilliatt will bring scoring and Annie Thomas brings another 6-0 interior player to our front line.”
Morrison said that incoming freshmen Jillian Sowell and Claire Reynolds will see significant minutes and “both have a high level of play,” and that the rest of the squad brings depth and size.
Carroll went 18-16 last season and 10-4 in district competition.
Morrison said the objectives for 2016-2017 are to improve in the areas of concern for the team, like continuing to mature and compete at the varsity level, and to be at the top of the district standings when the postseason rolls around.
“The goal each season for the Lady Dragons is to maximize performance each day and every game,” Morrison said. “We hope to be strong on the defensive side of the ball and explosive on the offensive side. We will need time to grow as a team due to our youth and inexperience. But, with commitment to skill development and culture, we feel we will reach the goal of a district championship.”
In order to improve on the kind of success they enjoyed last season, Morrison said it will take three things in particular.
“We will be successful if we work on team ball, committed defense and outworking the opponent,” Morrison said. “We focus on the process and what drives the winning mindset. If we strive for this every day we will have a successful season in 2016-2017.”