Lady Reds prepare for 2019 season

Reds basketball steps into a new year with new challenges

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Lady Reds prepare for 2019 season

Nakaiya Kuskie (21) shoots a deep three

Nakaiya Kuskie (21) shoots a deep three

Nakaiya Kuskie (21) shoots a deep three

Nakaiya Kuskie (21) shoots a deep three

Jaden Stone, Sports Editor

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After a tough loss in last years Final Four, the Lady Reds will attempt to go all the way for a state title for the 2019 season. They went into the tournament last year with an overall record of 25-2.  However, at home the Reds went a perfect 10-0. Not losing a game at home due to the supportive student sections and parents.  

The girls entered the tournament as the five seed and they fought all the way to the Final Four where their hopes of a state title was crushed by the one seed, St. Mary’s.  Coach Todd Hernandez said, “Each year is different,  so we haven’t discussed last years season much, but the state tournament provided us with an opportunity to see where we need to grow in order to compete with teams like St Mary’s. I believe that the girls will embrace that challenge.”  They took third at state after beating Pagosa Springs, who they had lost to in the regular season. 

 Last year, Addie Randel (20) led the team as the point guard.  She averaged 7.2 points per game in her games last year. Another key player, Nakaiya Kuskie (21) averaged 6.7 points per game.  They will both be back along with the other seniors, Kaleigh Williams and Mady Bruch. Coach Hernandez said, “We return 7 letter winners and 2 starters from last year. We look for them all to take their game up a notch or two.”  

This season, the Reds will be without last year’s seniors, Sydney Booth, Micheala Hill, and Gracie Schreiber.  Coach Hernandez said, “We really just want to get better day by day, game by game and if we do that we’re going to have an opportunity to get back to state.”  The season will kick off with the Northern Colorado Roundball tournament starting December 5 through December 7.  

 

Addie Randel (20) crosses over to beat a defender