Head Coach Sara Crawford is entering her 18th season with the Kit Carson Lady Wildcats’ program and knows she has a group of girls this year who will need to develop in many ways in order to be competitive after losing five key seniors and a couple of underclassmen from last years’ team that had a strong run with a 15-1 season and qualified for the 1A State Tournament losing in the first round to Fleming in a close contest, 55-48.
“Our main focus this season will have to be team chemistry and mental toughness. Graduating five seniors from last year’s squad and losing a couple underclassmen to moves has posed a challenge to figure out who we are as a team,” related Crawford.
An obvious loss will be sophomore Sedonia Isenbart who started as a freshman at the point guard position a year ago. Isenbart moved to Stratton. But, according to Crawford, “We are also fortunate to have a couple new members who will be a great asset.”
The Cats return two seniors including post Stephanie Framel and Faye Buttry. They will be surrounded by a nice group of underclassmen that Crawford would rather focus on as a team and not as individuals.
Kit Carson’s strength will be their athleticism as they will have some excellent size and good speed at the guards. However, Crawford thinks it will be the team chemistry and mental toughness that will have to come together in order for the team to succeed.
The Hi-Plains League is always a very strong one and Crawford believes this year will be no exception, “If McClave is healthy, they will be a very tough contender, but the rest of the league will be competitive too. I feel like our league is beginning to gain strength as a whole.”
The Lady Wildcats will begin their season at home against Holly on Friday, December 10. To finish that first weekend, they travel to Idalia on Saturday, Dec. 11. They will then compete in the annual Lamar Holiday Basketball Tournament the weekend of December 16, 17, 18.
Crawford is looking forward to getting started, “I am optimistic for our team, and I look forward to the challenges that this new season poses. Anything worthwhile is worth fighting for and without a doubt, I am confident we are up for facing any and all obstacles that might stand in our way of reaching our goals.”