By Amanda Lattimer
After reaching the third round of the playoffs last season, the Dripping Springs Lady Tigers basketball team looks to pick up right where they left off.
While there were challenges along the way, the Tigers were able to achieve all the goals they had set. From beating their biggest rivals to being district champions, to making it to third round of play-offs, the Tigers smile back at the memories.
Senior Kline Stafford said preseason district predictions last season intimidated the girls to start, but once they upset Crockett, who was predicted to win, their fret faded, and they focused on their own game.
They now hope they can mirror that same kind of noteworthiness as they go through the season.
“We really want to let everyone know who we are, and get our name out there,” said Stafford.
The Tigers are also working on making their team bonds and chemistry stronger on the court, but also off the court as well. They’re doing so by eating together after school and hanging out more as friends outside the basketball realm.
Tiger junior Ally Beck said she really loves the positive energy within the team this season.
“I really like how friendly we are with each other…it’s really fun to be around the team,” said Beck. “Everybody just really enjoys basketball, you can tell.”
Dripping Springs head coach David Norris has also played a significant part on the team by his unique approach to coaching.
“His style is so calm and he’s very positive in his feedback, and instead of yelling at you he is coaching you at all times during a game,” said Beck. “I really appreciate that part of his coaching.”
The team this season includes a lot of key players, including seven seniors who have grown up since their freshman year on the team.
“It’s definitely hitting me that these are some of my last practices with this group because we have all played together since freshman year and we have all clicked together so well,” said Stafford. “We have all seen each other as family.”
The Tigers are the preseason district favorites in 25-5A and are determined to beat out their rivals again and are vying for a district title.
Since they exceeded their goals last season, they have collected the assertiveness and exuberance throughout practices and are more than ready to start their 2019-20 journey.
Stafford and Beck said last season they set the mindset that they could make it far, and this season they just have to take it game by game in order to attain the holy grail.
“We beat all of our goals last year, so I hope we get above and beyond what we did last year because that was a pretty big deal,” said Beck. “I just hope for more success.”