Although the Kiowa girls basketball team ended their 2008-09 season with a loss, the team has no reason to hang their heads. Ending with a winning …
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Although the Kiowa girls basketball team ended their 2008-09
season with a loss, the team has no reason to hang their heads.
Ending with a winning record of 20-4, and sweeping the District 8
Tournament as the champions, the Indians have come a long way since
Head coach Josh Schneider credits the team’s maturity as one of
the main reasons for the successful season.
Last season he started five sophomores, and those five girls
stepped up their game this season bringing Kiowa all the way to the
regional tournament only to lose by two points as their chances of
making the final state tournament games slipped from their
The girls last game against Merino was a tough one Schneider
said losing 53-55, but said it was great to see the girls improve
from last year and truly work together as a team.
“The girls untied as a team and played for each other and not as
an individual,” he said.
Now after such a successful season, the Indians are expected to
be work even harder next year Schneider said, and with five senior
starters the team’s chances at the state finals are even
Schneider said there will be extra expectations from the team
and he hopes the girls can live up to them with out feeling too
“We definitely want to improve for next season and we want to
get to the next level,” he said. “And that level is the state
finals and that is what we are striving for.”
Schneider said the team will start preparing for the 2009-10
season this summer by getting in the gym and shooting, and playing
some local tournaments. He said the girls have to improve their
shooting skills before next season.
“We only shot 29 percent in our final game and I think if we
would have done better, we could have beaten them,” he said. “But
I’m proud of them and I’m looking forward to next year and reaching
the next level.”
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