Carroll Hoops Primed for Big Seasons
Nov 26, 2013 12:40PM ● Published by tina
Dragon Sports by Estelle Cottingham
Carroll Senior High School has a lot to be proud of this year when it comes to its basketball teams — and the season hasn’t even begun. Both boys and girls varsity teams are ready to protect the tradition and do what they love — playing basketball.
The Dragon boys basketball team finished third in District 4-5A last year, earning a playoff berth; but the team’s previous season’s success matters little to the current lineup.
“Each team, each year, has to come up with its own identity,” says Coach Eric McDade. “This year’s team can’t be last year’s team.” Creating a new legacy in 2013 through dominance on the court seems inevitable — every player on this team is playing for the community and for the love of the game.
The season begins Oct. 23, with the first official afterschool practice and continues leading up to the first scrimmage Nov. 2. McDade, back for his second year after a 19–15 season, is excited to get started with his new team.
McDade utilizes rigorous training to help the team grow in overcoming challenges together, creating unity. Practices are demanding, and players are expected to perform at a high level no matter what the conditions. The results show in the high-energy practices during which all team members — both underclassmen and more experienced players — act in unison.
“The biggest teacher is experience itself,” McDade says. The players are excited to show off their potential this year, promising a successful run to follow up on last year’s stellar season.
Meanwhile, the Lady Dragon basketball team is here to defend till the end, says Coach Teri Morrison. “They care more about the name on the front of the jersey than the name on the back.”
The veteran coach says that with experienced players at every position on the court, this team is ready to dominate its upcoming season. Last year, the Lady Dragons went 23–10 and reached the Class 5A Region I Quarterfinals, but that kind of success isn’t good enough for Coach Morrison’s current team.
A key player in the Lady Dragons line-up is junior Kennedy Leonard, one of the top point guards in the state. Her playmaking ability and varsity experience will help guide this year’s team. Leonard won’t be alone in leadership — she is just one of four returning starters — which only boosts expectations. This team will be the best perimeter team to wear the green and white, Morrison says.
“One unique trait of the team is that the coaching staff doesn’t have to teach the girls effort — it comes naturally to this fun, smart and goofy group,” she explains. “They know what is important to them, and they are excited to start a season where they can show our community just that.”
Both boys and girls varsity basketball teams are looking forward to seeing plenty of fans packing the stands at the Carroll Senior High School gym. The Lady Dragons’ first home game is Nov. 5, and the Dragons’ first home game is Nov. 15.
Estelle Cottingham is a member of the Carroll Communications and Marketing Internship Program. Estelle is a sophomore at Carroll High School. She is the student council treasurer, a member of the National Charity League and a huge Texas Rangers fan.