Tigers are young, but ready to make run at district finals



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Holy Trinity seventh grade point guard Marissa Cloud drives for a layup during a recent game against Sebastian River.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The roster may be younger, but there appears to be more confidence, dedication and discipline in this year’s version of the Holy Trinity girls basketball team.

“I think this season, we’re definitely more confident,” senior center Kaytee Castillo said. “We have more people coming out to games, supporting us, which also helps, too.

“We’re a talented team. We just have to keep working hard and keep the intensity up and we’ll definitely get far this season.”

Castillo is part of a core trio -- senior forward Katie Starkey and junior forward Ashley Stevens are the other two – the Tigers will rely heavily on this season.

The youth is in the backcourt with sophomore Jordan Blair starting at shooting guard and seventh grader Marissa Cloud at the point.

Other key players include juniors Marissa Catalano (point guard) and Riley Draper (center); sophomore guard/forward Haley Forde and eighth grade guard Aislin Scully. Freshman Gaby Salyer and eighth grader Izzy Bush are listed on the JV roster, but may also see time with the varsity team.

“We’re relatively young,” Tigers coach Jay Castillo said. “This team has got some good basketball players. We just have to work on being patient and executing, play our game and not get forced into (playing) other people’s games.”

The Tigers should also benefit from playing in a tournament at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the end of this month. They’ll get a chance to play against team’s from other states and to further help themselves prepare for the postseason.

Astronaut is expected to be the favorite for the district title, but the Tigers can certainly make things interesting if they can get past their other district opponents: Cocoa, Coco Beach, Edgewood, Melbourne Central Catholic and West Shore.

Given the way the Tigers have prepared themselves for this season, they are certainly looking to make a run at the district finals.

“I think this year we’re a lot younger, but we’re definitely a closer team and I feel like we’re going to get far in districts,” Kaytee Castillo said. “A lot of people have been putting in more work over the summer, getting in the weight room and just being more disciplined for basketball season.”