New district previews: Girls hoops above the rim
The Lady Cougars’ 2012 basketball season will be just as competitive as the boys’.
Their biggest challenge will be facing the Ridge Point Panthers.
“They will have most of their starters back as seniors,” said Coach Karen Lemker. Tomball Memorial will also be a big competitor, along with a Stratford.
“Stratford’s players are just as big as us,” noted sophomore forward Carissa Diaz.
Fort Bend Marshall will be dropping from a 5A district as well, so they automatically become a big rival.
But Tomball will not have a difficult time with these teams, considering their numerous strengths and advantages.
“We have experience and height,” said Lemker.
According to the players, they just need to keep the ball moving. “Our outside shooting will be a key component to our game,” said junior point guard Lexe Marks, “We have to be smart and calm.”
Besides their skills and talent, the Lady Cougars have a team bond that will work to their advantage. “We’re a very close team,” said Diaz.
“We have an immense amount of camaraderie,” said junior forward Bri Pederson. When asked who will be the key players next year, Marks replied, “Everyone. Each player has a different job that they do very well.”
Tomball will have four returning starters in the new district. They will focus on playing as a team and working together. Before a game, Lemker reminds her team of this, “I tell them to believe in each other and believe in themselves.”