Maidens build communication in tough preseason


Merayna Reyes

I’ll take that– Junior guard Londyn Shain gets the steal during a scrimmage with New Home in November. “We are all fast and shoot the ball well,” Shain said. “I think our quickness can help to get them to turn the ball over.”

The 10-3 Maidens took a 47-42 win over Midland Legacy on Tuesday.

  “We are playing a rather tough pre-district schedule to get ready for district play,” Coach Tri Danley said. “Many district opponents are young, inexperienced, graduated heavily from last year.”

  The Maidens graduated three experienced players.

  “We have younger players, who have come in and gotten better every game,” Danley said. “Our returning players from last year have stepped in and excepted new and more important roles.  It will just take time for everything to fit together–hopefully that will happen sooner than later.”

  The Maidens are working to bridge that gap.

  “I think our weakness is that we don’t have as much chemistry as last year,” junior guard Channing Howard said. “I feel like last year we had more connections we able to connect faster last year.”

  The Maidens hope to clinch another district title when district play begins in Pecos on Jan. 6.  Junior guard Londyn Shain, however, sees Greenwood as the toughest district team.

  “Greenwood is kind of a similar team to us,” Shain said. “They’re the team that competes the most with us.”

  The team has set its goal higher than the past two year in the play offs. 

  “Our goal is to compete for a state championship every year,” Danley said. “The teams in our way this year are Canyon and Glen Rose.  These two teams have quality programs. We just have to continue to improve every week and prepare for district and play-off basketball.”

  The Maidens will travel to Shallowwater tonight for preseason play.