The Holy Trinity Tigers made history last season when they won their first district title.
This year, they’re aiming much higher.
Armed with the same roster they had last season, with a few key additions and a new head girls basketball coach, the Tigers want to go all the way to the top.
“Our goal this year is to get to state, win the state championship,” senior forward Laila Cohen said.
Cohen is one of four seniors on this year’s roster along with center Caroline Lacey, forward Ionna Garcia and guard Isabel Bush. They’re all excited at the prospect of what this season might bring.
“We didn’t have any seniors leave last year, so we’ve been playing together as a team for a while now,” Lacey said. “I think that’s really helped. And we all worked really hard over the summer. I feel like you can really see the improvement.”
Garcia said the Tigers’ communication level has improved tremendously and all four seniors agreed that was something that held them back from advancing past the regional quarterfinals last year.
Well, nothing has held the Tigers back from getting off to a 10-0 start this season.
Junior guard Lynn Reith and Garcia lead the team in scoring at 12.6 points a game. Sophomore guard/forward Alinah Sarratt is next at 9.6 points, followed by Lacey at 9.3.
Junior point guard Marissa Cloud has been a big contributor on the varsity team since she was in seventh grade. Other key returners include Kiki Norris and Catalina Castillo.
The Tigers have also been getting impact play from sophomore guard Allison Lagrone and junior center/forward Lindsey Angermeir.
Those additions, plus the player’s familiarity with each other, has led to the fast start.
“It’s a bond,” Bush said. “You know how each other plays, each other’s strengths, how you take a pass … it’s really about the chemistry, and if you have that, you’re able to play together a lot better.”
New coach Will Gibson knows all about Holy Trinity basketball, having been part of the Tigers’ first boys district championship team in 2011. The 2013 graduate is trying to put his stamp on an already talented team, pushing them to play faster and make teams try to keep up with them over four quarters.
“The biggest thing is raising the expectations and keeping their mindset focused and changing the culture of the program … making them understand they always can do more, they always can push harder,” Gibson said. “We teach it every day. Just like you practice, you play in the game. (We’re) keeping a heavy mindset on the goals we have and going above and beyond the goals we already have set for ourselves.”