By Anna Gray
Cougar News Blog
The Lady Cougars have dribbled into the new basketball season with three wins. So far Cactus Canyon has defeated Mountain Vista, Hohokam, and Desert Wind.
Twenty-five girls made the team this year with 11 on the A team, and 14 on the B team. The girls practiced for about two weeks before their first game, learning new drills, plays, and defenses.
So far the hard work has been worth the struggle with an undefeated A team. The B team also recently earned their first win with the help of their new coach, Sierra Aulik. Coach Kim Widmer is pushing the team in hopes to have a good spot in the tournament. The team placed third last year, but this year, with this team she believes that they can place higher.
“I really believe we can take championships this year,” said eighth grader Jessica Sigler.
For some of the returning players tryouts were not as nerve wracking as last year, but for the new players the process was more frightening. Tryouts lasted for about three days where the girls were able to demonstrate ball control and playing techniques. Throughout this process coaches were able to give advice to the players. On the last day, cuts were made and the teams were separated.
“It was nerve racking when the day came when coach called me over to tell me whether or not I made the team,” said Sigler.
The team will continue to work toward their goal through practice and games. The team is becoming more of a family every day at practice and hopes to continue.
“Hopefully the girls learn that it takes hard work to be successful and get to experience the family atmosphere of being on a team,” said Coach Widmer.