Lady Buffs to begin season at The Garden
The Garden City High School Lady Buffs will open up their season tonight with the first game of the Clarion Inn Southwest Classic. They will play their first game without seniors Cydnie Brown and Traci Martinez. However, this season the Lady Buffs will be led by seniors Kristen Heiman and Shelby Heatwole.
“Replacing those two will be tough. Cydnie was a defensive stopper for us, and Traci was a four-year varsity player,” head coach David Upton said.
The Lady Buffs head into the weekend with high expectations.
“I think we have a really good chance to do good this weekend. This week has been kind of off and on with our practices, so we need to focus and buckle down and take care of business,” junior Abbey Campbell said. “I need to do a better job of taking advantage of scoring opportunities this season.”
The Lady Buffs will take on Del City, Okla, in their first game of the season at The Garden at 6:00 P.M.
“I feel like we stack up well against all three teams coming,”Upton said. “Del City is ranked third in class 5A in Oklahoma. They have two Division I players (one committed to Fresno State and one uncommitted), so they will be tough.”
On Friday night at 6 P.M, the Lady Buffs will take on Pueblo East.
“Looking at their past results, they win about seventy percent of their games. That tells me they are a well disciplined and very good team,”Uptonsaid.
In the third and final game, the Lady Buffs will be matched up against the Holcomb Longhorns, Saturday night at 5 P.M. This will be the first time the two teams have ever met on the basketball court.
“The Holcomb game will be crazy,”Uptonsaid.
However, before they play this weekend, Upton still needs to make one very important decision. Who will play point guard?
“We are undecided at this point who will start at point guard. We have a few young kids competing for the spot. They are both inexperienced. It will be a game time decision, and we will see how whoever we choose handles it,” Upton said.
“I want someone who is going to be able to handle the pressure of playing at the varsity level. Also, it is important that they set us up in offenses, take control of the team on the floor and make sure we are in the right flow,” Uptonsaid. “Also, they need to understand when to speed us up and slow us down.”
Upton also expects big things for his team this season.
“I think if we can gel as a team and shoot it well, then we should have a good season,” Upton said.