Women looking to return to glory days
When Eddie Kite’s Cowgirls take the floor tonight, his squad will be a lot healthier than this time last season.
Prior to the opening of the 2011-12 campaign, five players were lost for different reasons but the team battled its way to a 17-13 record and a berth in the NJCAA Region II semifinals.
“We were really beat up last year,” the coach said. “That team played hard every night. It was just one of those years where you have a lot of injuries. We were able to get kinda healthy towards the end of the year and make a little run in the postseason. We just didn’t have enough bullets.”
Returning from last year’s team are second-team All-Conference Tiara Hall, a 6-0 forward from Paris, Texas, who led the team with 8.8 rebounds per game to along with 12.3 points per game, Tonisha Dean, a 5-11 guard from Terrell, Texas, who averaged 8.8 points per outing, Dakota Garrett, a 5-9 guard from Ketchum, who balanced 3.9 points per outing with 4.4 rebounds, and Shakayla Love, a 6-2 center from Preston who was one of the five players injured before the season and missed the entire year.
“Tiara is Tiara,” Kite said. “Tonisha and Dakota got a lot of minutes last year and some starts. Shakayla was our leading rebound and second-leading scorer as a freshman. All four will bring some good leadership to help the freshmen to develop earlier on and getting the chemistry where it needs to be.”
Kite is enthused about several newcomers that could help the Cowgirls return to prominence. Arriving in Warner are Kami Bunch, a 5-6 guard from Tulsa, Sha-Georgia Williams, a 5-4 guard from Mesquite, Texas, and Raven Massey, a 5-6 guard from Commerce, Texas.
“Kami and Sha-Georgia are both very good point guards, so we feel we have better depth at that position,” Kite said. “Raven is a very good defensive player and these three add to a very full guard slot.”
Kite also has brought in two perimeter shooters in Hayley Keys, a 5-4 guard from Oaks, and Shakemia Franklin, a 5-7 guard from Paris, Texas.
Kite is anticipating the start to the season and said the players are raring to go.
“We’re ready to play a game,” he said. “We’re ready to find our identity.”