Experienced on the roster only
It may say there are eight seniors on the team, but you must read carefully between the lines.
"This year is much like a rebuilding year," said Coach Liz McQuitter, who begins her third season at the helm after taking over for long-time coach Janet Havelka, who retired. "It is deceptive because I will have eight seniors. I think when people look at the roster, they will assume we have veteran experience.
"However, out of those seniors, only one—Ivory Douglas—returns as a starter. Only one other—Kaitlyn Sieber—was even on varsity last year."
McQuitter is excited to have the Frei sisters (Brittany and Meagan) back in the gym after sitting out last year.
"This adds to our athleticism and depth at the post position."
Other seniors include Brittany Willems (junior varsity last year), Kayla LaRocca (Caldwell transfer who played on the junior varsity last season), Annie Wilde (playing after a two-year hiatus from basketball), and Tammarah Williams (injured the past two seasons).
Returning juniors on varsity are Janeene Maloy and Lyndee Pannell. Newcomer Megan Hearn is a transfer vying for a spot at the point position. Sofia Rojas and LelaMitchell round out the junior class who are candididates to see veraity time.
Sophmores Amanda Coumont, Victoria Drake, and Maranda Pounders are also returning varsity players with limited varsity experience. They are looking to change that this year.
Sophomore Jill Young and freshman Ashlee Page are also in the running.
"At the present time we are looking at seventeen girls to fill thirteen to fifteen varsity spots," McQuitter said. "The field is wide open and should be very competitive. If other players show that they can compete with those seventeen girls, I will definitely give them a serious look.
"We are off and running with little time to spare."
After winning five games in McQuitter's first season, the Lady Tigers posted eight wins in 2008, including two in district play.
NOTES—Former Tigerette Coach John Shoemake—who was McQuitter's coach in high school and led Rockdale to the state tournament in 1972—spoke to the current Lady Tigers and helped them kick off their first official day of practice.
"He gave an amazing presentation on teamwork, and talked to the players about fun-da-mentals, stressing basic skills and keeping the game "fun", McQuitter said. "The players were inspired and learned some finer points of the game." ...Navasota, which made it to the state tournament two years ago, is the unanimous District 24-3A favorite and is ranked No. 10 in the TGCA 3A pre-season poll. Robinson, which made it to the state tournament last season and knocked Navasota out of the playoffs in the process is No. 1. 2009 SCHEDULE
|Nov. 10||@ Austin Travis||8|
|Nov. 13||@ Rogers||8|
|Nov. 17||@ Giddings||8|
|Nov. 20||@ Lexington||8|
|Dec 8||@ Waco Reicher||8|
|Dec. 10-12 Franklin Tournament|
|Dec. 18||@ Madisonville*||8|
|Dec. 21||Austin Lanier||TBA|
|Dec. 29-30 Cameron Tournament|
|Jan. 2||Bryan Rudder*||8|
|Jan. 5||@ Navasota*||8|
|Jan. 15||@ Taylor *||8|
|Jan. 19||@ Cameron*||8|
|Jan. 26||@ Bryan Rudder*||8|
|Feb. 2||@ Caldwell*||8|
|* denotes District 24-3A game|