The girls varsity basketball opened its season last weekend in Reno. They will be faced three teams in a span of three days, all from higher divisions. The girls have a promising year ahead of them after coming off a second place finish in the state tournament last year.
Coach Chelsea Cabatbat is looking forward to this new season.
“Of course we have the state game last year in our mind. That's in the back of our head and that's really what's motivating us this year. We've got to make sure that we continue to play great defense we've got to rebound better and offensively we've got to find better ways to score,” said Cabatbat.
Cabatbat made it clear that she would like to beat last year's rival Fallon, who they lost to at last year's state tournament.
The girls went to Reno for the Winter Classic. Before the tournament they played North Valleys in a non-conference game. North Valleys will be coming down to our league next year so Cabatbat thinks it will be “a good test” for them.
Lowry played well and kicked off the season with several wins. The Lady Bucks beat North Valleys 58-12, dropped 4A opponent Galena 46-31, before losing 54-43 to Rodriguez (CA) and closing out the weekend with a 58-52 win over Spanish Springs.
Senior point guard Alyssa Kuskie said they have been working on both offense and defense in practice.
“We put everything in all of our offense and defense just to start getting ready for the whole year,” said Kuskie.
Senior, small forward Shelby Garrison believes playing hard and working together will be the keys to success this season.
“I think the main thing that we will have to do is continue to play all together as a team. I think it’s important that all of us work hard so that we have 13 players that all have the potential to beat any team in the league,” said Garrison.
Lowry vs. Spanish Springs The team: Kepa Bengochea, Alyssa Kuskie, Rebecca Kuskie, Hailey Fernandez, Julisa Garcia, Shelby Garrison, Sydney Connors, Heather Hall, Kylee Sappington, Rachel Garrison, Sierra Maestrejuan, Brooke Hansen, and Victoria Tirado.