Jenna Donaldson | staff writer
Girls coach Trevor Keller enters his fourth season as head coach with a roster that’s small, but has a lot of potential.
After going to the state tournament his first two seasons, the Chargers fell in the second round of substate last season to finish with an 8-14 record. Still, the gained experience, as well as a new senior, could help the Chargers bounce back to postseason success.
What are your strengths?
“Our overall depth of returning players that we have coming back we have a lot of players who have been playing for a couple years.”
What are your expectations?
“Daily improvement is really important for us to improve each day. We talk about getting 1% better each day, making growth throughout the year. We have some Individual goals for each game, we take care of the basketball, we want to shoot high percentage shots and rebound well. Then we have to defend.”
What are some team goals?
“To go 1-0 everyday, getting better at practice and competing on Tuesdays and Friday nights but we have to do that by preparing throughout the week. If were not having a good week of preparation, for whoever were going to play, then were not going to get the results we want.”
What are you looking forward to?
“Over the first couple weeks, I’ve seen every single player improve. I appreciate the attitude and effort they give each day. I’m looking forward to seeing how much this group can grow and improve throughout the season and to see where we’re at, at the end of the regular season going into postseason play.”
Who are the returning seniors?
“We have Annie Wright returning, who started for us last year. Our other senior is Lexi Barnes, who transferred in from Abilene. She played a lot of minutes for them last year. We’re excited to add her to the team.”
Who are the main leaders on the team?
“I definitely think those two, being seniors. We also have four juniors playing that have really stepped up. We have a small group with only 12 girls playing so we talk about how it doesn’t just have to be an upperclassman that’s a leader. Anybody can be a leader in their own right. If you see something, you say something. That’s a big part of holding each other accountable and trying to improve.”
What are some things you’re trying to improve on from last year?
“We have to limit turnovers, we have to take care of the basketball a lot better and we have to improve our rebounding. We need to drastically improve in those areas if we want to have the success that we’re potentially capable of having.”
What are your biggest challenges?
“Overall health with the lower numbers that we have. We have 12 girls and there’s times already where we have several girls out that are sick. Managing practice and creating the practice schedule. For the team overall, we play in a different league so I think it’s important for us to focus on making sure that each day we’re getting a little bit better.”
The team opens its season tonight against Northern Heights, and continues Thursday against Frankfort and Friday against Manhattan CHIEF in the Wabaunsee Invitational Tournament.